BRS Media Responds to Reports that EBU has Joined ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee.

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The European Broadcasting Union is a New TLD Applicant for the contested Industry based .RADIO Top Level Domain.

As a Top Level Domain Registry for 15 years and a New TLD Applicant we are extremely concerned by reports that the European Broadcasting Union has been accepted to the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee

BRS Media, a diverse and growing media e-commerce firm that helps traditional and interactive media companies build and brand on the power of the Internet, has responded to reports that the European Broadcast Union (EBU) has joined ICANN’s (Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers) Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC).

“As a Top Level Domain Registry for 15 years and a New TLD Applicant we are extremely concerned by reports that the European Broadcasting Union has been accepted to the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee. The EBU is an applicant for the contested string for the Industry specific term .RADIO,” remarked George T. Bundy, Chairman & CEO of BRS Media Inc. “No other GAC Members or Observers are a direct applicant for a generic Industry specific string like .RADIO that is contested. This will give the EBU an undue advantage, ‘where it carries commercial activities’ as noted in their other application, as well as, against all other contenders for the .RADIO string.”

The GAC is the only committee within ICANN's multi-stakeholder model of Internet Governance to have direct ability to file objections against (New TLD) applications by issuing “GAC Advice on New gTLDs” to the ICANN Board. According to the ICANN New TLD Applicant Guidebook, the GAC as a whole will consider concerns raised by GAC members, and agree on GAC advice to forward to the ICANN Board of Directors. As a GAC Observer, the EBU may not have any voting rights, but they will have full access to influence GAC Committees and Working Groups.

In a letter sent to GAC Chair Heather Dryden, BRS Media went on to respond that; “We believe these activities to be a direct Conflict of Interest, by the European Broadcasting Union within the New TLD Application process. Since the EBU has already been accepted to the GAC, we must request that the Chair recommend, the European Broadcasting Union recuse itself from the New TLD process by withdrawing its applications immediately. Thereby avoiding the wild perception of any impropriety due to this conflict of interest by the EBU and the Governmental Advisory Committee.” A copy of the letter is available at: http://www.brsmedia.fm/GAC (.pdf)

About BRS Media Inc:

Based in the South of Market district (SoMa) of San Francisco CA, BRS Media (http://brsmedia.fm) is a member of the National Association of Broadcasters, the International Webcasting Association and the Webcaster Alliance. Listed as one of the fastest growing privately held companies by the SF Business Times and Inc. Magazine for an astonishing 4th consecutive year, its portfolio of Online properties includes: dotFM® & dotAM®, Brand Registry Services for media based .FM and .AM domains. Some of our clients include: Las Vegas' Mix 94.1 (mix941.fm), Poland's # 1 Radio Muzyka Fakty (rmf.fm), Clear Channel's Real Radio 104.1 (realradio.fm), Toronto's CJRT - JAZZ.FM 91 (jazz.fm), Radio B92 Belgrade Serbia (b92.fm), Internet Radio SKY.FM (sky.fm), Malaysia's #1 Hit Station Hitz.fm (hitz.fm), Bloomfield Hills High School WBFH 88.1 (wbfh.fm), Live Nation’s Setlist.fm (setlist.fm), CBS Interactive’s Last.fm (last.fm) and thousands more. dotFM, dotAM and dotRadio are either registered trademarks or trademarks of BRS Media, Inc.

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GEORGE BUNDY
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