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Message from Cary Karp (MuseDoma) to Vint Cerf

Subject: gTLD Registries Constituency commentary on equalized voting
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2003
From: Cary Karp
To: Vint Cerf
CC: Alejandro Pisanty, Louis Touton, M. Stuart Lynn, Joe Sims, Jeff Neuman

To the ICANN Board through its Chair:

Dear Vint,

The gTLD Registries Constituency response to the letter posted at http://www.icann.org/correspondence/cade-to-cerf-24feb03.htm concludes with a list of registries supporting the Constituency statement. Although we are not included in that list, please note that MuseDoma also supports the statement.

We further support the new Bylaws and Board action that may be necessary to uphold them. Although point of detail in the Bylaws amenable to further refinement may become apparent, any such modification must be a result of clear deliberation. Petitions to waive mandated procedures should only be entertained if a clear flaw in those procedures has been detected or if emergency conditions prevail. Neither of these circumstances pertains to the present case.

Respectfully,

Cary Karp
President, MuseDoma
Member, GNSO Council

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