The Internet Association – which represents Google, Amazon, Facebook et al – plus the Internet Society, Internet Infrastructure Coalition, NetChoice, ARIN and a number of individuals have filed an amicus brief [PDF] in Texas court on the eve of a hearing seeking a temporary restraining order against the Department of Commerce (DoC).
Netchoice, Mozilla and CCIA and others had joined in an amicus brief in support of the transition, telling the court Friday that the AG’s petition was a “last-minute motion for an extraordinary injunction that would have “forced the United States to enter into a contract that the Government has determined is not in the interest of the United States.
Steve Del Bianco, the executive director of Netchoice, a trade association of eCommerce businesses, warned against the U.S. breaking its 18-year-long commitment. He noted that major corporations including Google, Twitter, Yahoo, Facebook and others support this transition.
Several internet companies sent a letter to congressional leaders this week to express their support for the U.S. ending its stewardship.
“What is the real reason to defer the transition? That’s the question we didn’t really learn today,” he said following the hearing. “There seems to be some hope of retaining a level of control we never had.”
Protecting Internet Freedom: Implications of Ending U.S. Oversight of the Internet
“Steve Del Bianco, the executive director of Netchoice, a trade association of eCommerce businesses, warned against the U.S. breaking its 18-year-long commitment. … ‘What is the real reason to defer the transition? That’s the question we didn’t really learn today,’ he said following the hearing. ‘There seems to be some hope of retaining a level of control we never had.'”
Some have argued in favor of a soft extension to test the new ICANN structure. However, Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, told FCW that such a path was also problematic.
“The entire premise of a test period is completely mistaken…and would never provide the assurance that the transition would ever occur,” he said. “That is not an atmosphere by which we lead by example and generate trust among other countries.”
Notably, not one stakeholder formally objected in delivering the transition plan to NTIA in March, according to testimony by Steve DelBianco of NetChoice. Human-rights groups, trade organizations representing Internet companies and national-security experts – such as former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff – all have signed off on the transition. NetChoice, The Internet Association, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the Software and Information Industry Association and the Internet Infrastructure Coalition issued a joint statement supporting the Oct. 1 transition. Civil-society groups – including the Center for Democracy & Technology, Access Now, Public Knowledge and New America’s Open Technology Institute – have also expressed their support.
— NetChoice heralded House passage of the BOTS Act on Monday, but the group’s executive director, Steve DelBianco, wrote in a letter that “bots are just one part in a much larger conversation about ensuring that consumers enjoy the choice and convenience of an open tickets marketplace.”
FIRST IN MT: CRUZ ICANN HEARING WITNESS LIST — We’ve got the full cast of characters due to testify at Sen. Ted Cruz’s ICANN hearing Wednesday, and it includes witnesses from the industry and policy sides of the debate over the impending IANA transition. Per an MT source, the scheduled participants are: NTIA Administrator Larry Strickling; ICANN CEO and President Göran Marby; TechFreedom President Berin Szoka; ACT | The App Association President Jonathan Zuck; Karsten Manufacturing Corporate Counsel Dawn Grove; Neustar Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer J. Beckwith Burr; LegitScript President and CEO John Horton; NetChoice Executive Director Steve DelBianco; and former DHS deputy assistant secretary for policy Paul Rosenzweig.
“We can’t test extreme emergency measures such as we’ve built over any period of a few months or even a few years,” Netchoice executive director Steve DelBianco argued in a Senate hearing in May. “The notion of a delay simply sends the signal that the U.S. believes that the role we hold is so valuable that we’re not giving it up, and we’ve reiterated to China, Russia and the United Nations that they want to step into those shoes. And that’s the biggest danger of the delay.”