Senate Hearing Takes a Look at ICANN, Planned gTLDs

WASHINGTON, D.C.—A recently scheduled hearing was held this morning by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on the planned rollout of new top-level domains by the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The committee is chaired by John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV (D-WV).

Witnesses included Kurt Pritz Senior Vice President, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers; Fiona Alexander, Associate Administrator, Office of International Affairs, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce; Dan Jaffe, Executive Vice President, Government Relations, Association of National Advertisers, Coalition for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight; Esther Dyson, founding Chairman of ICANN; and Angela F. Williams, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Young Men’s Christian Association of the United States of America.

Pritz and Alexander support ICANN and the planned rollout of new gTLDs. Jaffe, Dyson and Williams do not. AVN will provide an analysis of the arguments in a later article. The links above lead to pages that contain the witnesses opening statements.

A webcast of the hearing can be found here.