Monday, 26 September 2005

".travel" on verge of launch despite my request for stay

.travel domain names for businesses in the travel “industry” are scheduled to go live beginning next Monday, 3 October 2005, despite my pending request for independent review of the (secret) manner in which ICANN approved “.travel” and delegated control of it to an insolvent sham front corporation, and my request for a stay of the “.travel launch while my request for independent review is pending.

A month ago, 26 Auguest 2005, ICANN General Counsel and Secretary John O. Jeffrey responded to my last e-mail to ICANN with the seemingly encouraging words, “Thank you for your response, we will review all of the materials that you have submitted to date and get back to you.” Not surprisingly, I’ve heard nothing from him, or anyone at ICANN, in the month since.

I’ve written to ICANN again today, as follows:

From: “Edward Hasbrouck”
To: “John Jeffrey”
Subject: RE: Request for independent review
Cc: “Vinton G. Cerf” , “Paul Twomey”
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2005 20:19:19 -0800

One month has passed since your last message to me.

I have received no further communication from ICANN in the last month.

More than 5 months have passed since my requests for independent review of the (lack of) openness and transparency in the “.travel” decision by ICANN, and for a stay of that decision pending independent review.

In the meantime, ICANN in its role as IANA made a recommendation for the addition of “.travel” to the root. The existence of a pending request for independent review and stay of “.travel” was not mentioned in this report.

“.travel was added to the root .

The Tralliance Corp. subsidiary of went live with the first “.travel” Web site at .

Tralliance ( has announced its intention to launch additional “.travel” second-level domain names beginning next Monday, 3 October 2005.

When, if ever, do you expect that ICANN will consider or act on my requests for independent review, and stay pending independent review?

Does ICANN intend to consider my request for a stay before the general launch of “.travel” second-level domain names next Monday?


Edward Hasbrouck

[Addendum, 29 September 2005: First .travel Domain Names will be Issued on October 3 (Tralliance press release; no mention of my pending request for independent review of ICANN’s delegation of “.travel” to Tralliance)]

Link | Posted by Edward on Monday, 26 September 2005, 20:11 ( 8:11 PM)
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