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    New gTLDs How will ICANN respond to work-around on gTLDs?
    posted by DavidP on Tuesday March 06 2001, @06:51AM

    Yesterday (March 6), new.net began offering (for a $25 annual fee) domains in 20 "new top-level domains" including .shop, .mp3, .law, .xxx, .family, and .video. [See the story in Wired News. These do not appear to be "true" TLDs, in the sense that they will not appear in the "authoritative" DNS root server. The new domains -- Smith.family, or trademark.law -- will actually appear in the domain servers under new.net's domain (i.e. as Smith.family.new.net, or trademark.law.new.net). Users will need to have a special plugin (or to use ISPs using the equivalent server plugin) to resolve these names correctly. So far there has been no comment from ICANN on this development.

    Some of us have been saying for a while that ICANN's real test will come when someone comes up with a credible scheme for "routing around" the rootserver to offer "unauthorized" (by ICANN) domain name services. The test may have now come. The prudent course, surely, would be for them to do, and say, nothing at all, to allow the experiment to proceed. But ICANN just charged some folks $50,000 just to have proposals considered for new TLDs, and it may not be so happy to see new.net offering these pseudo-TLDs without paying ICANN a nickel.

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    Three ISPs Join New.net
    by rshah (r-shah4@uiuc.edu) on Tuesday March 06 2001, @04:30PM (#377)
    User #23 Info | http://www.rajivshah.com
    According to ISP Planet News, Internet service providers Earthlink, NetZero, and Excite@Home will configure their systems so users will not have to download the plugin. The article notes that this means 16 million new users for New.net.
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    Re: How will ICANN respond to work-around on gTLDs
    by cadder on Wednesday March 07 2001, @08:16AM (#380)
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    Let us not forget that these schemes have been tried in the past, it has just been that nobody has had the connections to build solid partnership agreements. New.net has enlisted the support of Earthlink and boasts that 16 million Internet users can transparently access its domains without adding the new.net suffix. There are a number of problems already developing with new.net, including a total lack of customer service and incredible delay in processing domain requests. There is a message board set up on the new.net site, and many people are complaining about the turnaround as well as certain policies that they have enacted. Additionally, there are issues with new.net registering already staked gTLDs like .shop.

    Let's not fool ourselves, new.net may have some corporate clout, but it is a far cry from a credible route-around service since those have existed as far back as alternic (and possibly further). All that was ever required of users was to change a few numbers in their dial-up settings.

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