An Anti-Competitive .com Fait Accompli?

In a recent article, Is ICANN Staff Misleading the Board Into Violating Obligations to the U.S. Government, I wrote: The referenced Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is the vehicle by which the U.S. government delegates to ICANN the responsibilities for overseeing the technical management of the Internet's Domain Name System (DNS). This (standalone) agreement expired in September 2009 and the base InterNIC® licensing agreement was originally intended to be coterminous with it. But the licensing agreement — with all of the merged prior representations, understandings, and agreements that include the MOU — has been extended twice by mutual consent, most recently until January 2025.

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