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Who will pay for ICANN to watch over Net names and numbers?
December 14, 1998
Web posted at: 11:30 AM EST
by Sandra Gittlen
(IDG) -- While a nonprofit group overseeing the Internet may
have the government's moral support, it's still looking
for financial support. The Internet Corporation for
Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) received
final approval from the Clinton administration last
month to oversee the allocation of IP names and
numbers but it didn't get the budget to back up that
So the company has gone looking for charitable
Leaders of the nonprofit were relieved when Scott
Bradner suggested that IETF members "pass the hat"
But Vint Cerf, senior vice president at MCI
WorldCom and Internet Society Chairman, says
companies should be kicking in the dough.
"Companies that rely on the Internet for their business
models should be contributing to guarantee that the
Internet remains stable," he says. Cerf, along with IBM
executives Mike Nelson and John Patrick, formed a
group to encourage companies to pledge money to
ICANN. So far, they have raised about $200,000
from Cisco, UUNET, IBM and MCI WorldCom, as
well as other vendors. Cerf says, however, that he is
looking to bring in between $500,000 and a million
The Internet pioneer says he is impressed with the
work that ICANN has done so far. "They seem
committed to doing the right thing," he says. "I didn't
detect any sign of arrogance. Instead I saw sincerity, a
willingness to work and a willingness to accept input
from the outside world."