MAR 11 1999
Mr. Robert Hall
Dear Mr. Hall:
I extend my congratulations to the members of the Board of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) on the recent incorporation of this new not-for-profit organization to administer the .CA domain space on behalf of Canadian users. Industry Canada has attentively followed the continuing efforts to reform the .CA domain name system. Considerable progress has been made to liberalise current registration policies and establish a self-sustaining and viable registry for the .CA Top Level Domain.
At this important juncture, I would be remiss if I did not offer sincere appreciation to John Demco and the network of dedicated volunteers under whose stewardship the .CA name space has operated for the past decade. The .CA committee's hard work has made a significant contribution towards Canada becoming one of the most "connected" countries in the world. I am now pleased to recognize CIRA as the administrator of the .ca domain space.
The .CA domain space is a key public resource, helping to promote the development of electronic commerce in Canada and important to our country's future social and economic development. As a major user of the .CA domain, as a promoter of the Internet and in its overall policy responsibility for the Information Highway, the Government stated several basic principles for the management of the Internet domain name system in a paper issued in September 1998, entitled "Reform of the Domain Name System - Current Developments & Statement of Principles". We continue to encourage reliance on market forces and private sector leadership in the management of the .CA domain space. Industry Canada expects that the policies CIRA adopts and its operations will be consistent with the principles established by the Canadian government. To this end, we are confident that the CIRA Board will quickly put in place an effective structure predicated upon:
We have a continuing interest in the progress of CIRA. Industry Canada will provide advice and assistance to ensure that the goals pertaining to the administration of the .CA domain name registry are met.
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