Steve DelBianco

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Steve DelBianco serves as the Executive Director of NetChoice, a coalition of e-commerce businesses and trade associations, including the Electronic Retailing Association, The Internet Alliance, AOL, eBay, Oracle, Verisign, Yahoo, and several thousand small online sellers based in the U.S.[1] He is the current Chair of ICANN's Commercial and Business Users Constituency.[2]

Steve is also the Vice President of Public Policy at the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT), a trade association for ICT businesses in the US and Europe. Steve was an investor and Board Member of

Mr. DelBianco sets the policy agenda for both NetChoice and ACT. He represents NetChoice at ICANN Meetings and in the Business Constituency,[3] and is a Member of the OPOC Working Group. He has also represented NetChoice at other high level fora, such as a May, 2011 U.S. House of Representatives hearing on new gTLDS. In this instance, he was defending the expansion of TLDs , though he has been involved in multiple U.S. legislative hearings.[4]

Steve holds a degree in Engineering and another in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his MBA from the Wharton School.[5]

New gTLDs

At ICANN 42 in Dakar, DelBianco outlined 4 standing issues that the CBUC had with the current new gTLD Applicant Guidebook. These points were later picked up by TLD critics, including ANA and CRIDO, and are likely to influence a December 8th U.S. Senate hearing on new TLDs.[6] Those four points are:

  1. Terms of Use Compliance- there is nothing witten into the current new gTLD registry contract requiring new registries to follow the approach and model that they publicly state they will.
  2. Applications for gTLD IDNs- the value of gTLD IDNs was stressed by the CBUC, but they pointed out that ICANN had yet to recognize or publicize this exciting development for the global Internet.
  3. Trademark Protection- While there are 3 trademark mechanisms in place, one of them, the Trademark Claims Notice Service, can be turned off the day after Sunrise.
  4. Registrar Code of Conduct- A new registry agreement was developed for the new gTLD program, but ICANN neglected to do something similar for registrars.[7]