As many are aware, the Department of Commerce has decided to give up oversight of ICANN at the end of September 2016. The so-called “Transition” has been the subject of intense debate within the ICANN community and in political circles in Washington D.C. Yesterday, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.), U.S. Senate Commerce, Science, Transportation Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.), Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) wrote to the Attorney General and the Secretary of Commerce raising questions about whether or not ICANN is ready for the Transition. The letter can be found here.

Among the topics raised in the letter were:

  • Concerns about the important work of Workstream 2 (among these, the jurisdiction of ICANN) not being completed until after the Transition
  • A recent Independent Review Panel decision that cast doubt on ICANN’s ability to follow its own bylaws
  • ICANN’s immunity, or lack thereof, to anti-trust lawsuits

With only weeks left until Transition, we will keep an eye on the quickly unfolding news on this topic and keep our readership informed.