Congressman addresses domain conference in Miami, Florida.
Representative Cliff Stearns (R-FL) addressed the TRAFFIC domain conference this afternoon. About 75 people were in attendance during Stearns’ fireside chat with show organizer Howard Neu. Stearns was joined by retired Congressman Mike Ferguson. Stearns is a member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, and Ferguson was on this subcommittee while he served.
Stearns said there are lot of things people in the domain name industry should be concerned about:
-Cybersecurity, shutting down your domain names, and trademarks
-ICANN, concerns about moving it to under umbrella of United Nations, Stearns said he’s been fighting this
-Net Neutrality, possible taxes on internet service
-Reciprocity for fraud overseas
-Re-write of the 1996 Telecommunications Act
Stearns said the domain industry should look to Congress to set a level playing field. He said that if a big company sues you over a trademark, odds are you’re going to wilt because they have more money than you.
Ferguson noted that there are a special interests that are getting their voices heard, and the domain name industry needs to do the same thing.