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    gTLDs hoping to enter the legacy root More Congressional Pressure for New TLDs
    posted by michael on Sunday August 12 2001, @04:44PM

    Four leading House Commerce Committee members wrote to the US Commerce Dept last week, again urging that ICANN make more TLDs, faster. Full text at the ICANN Blog. The most interesting paragraph is this one:
    With the demand for new domain names by businesses and consumers outpacing supply, we support your efforts in encouraging ICANN to speed their TLD selection process. We expect that ICANN will act without discrimination or bias against any worthy applicant, including those applicants from the last selection round as well as those organizations that have opted to utilize alternative roots to propagate their TLDs.

    ICANN obviously is deeply unwilling to award a TLD of any stripe to anyone tainted by a dalliance with alternate roots. Indeed, ICANN's notice to applicants in the first round said that they better not enable alternate roots in any way. It will be interesting to see if that clause persists into the next round, if ever there is one.

    It will be even more interesting to see whether Commerce uses its leverage over ICANN to get new TLDs going. Although, given the glacial pace at which ICANN has been rolling out the new TLDs (caused, in every case, by ICANN's demands--in secret negotiations with the operator--for an inordinate degree of ICANN control over its operations and/or excessive demands that the registry operate in a manner specified by ICANN), one has to wonder when the first round will end....

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    Re: More Congressional Pressure for New TLDs
    by rforno (rforno@infowarrior.org) on Monday August 13 2001, @03:36AM (#1801)
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    'Glacial' is a perfect term to describe ICANN. I wonder how much longer their inactivity will continue before Congress steps in to change things - ICANN's continued daintiness is not good for encouraging and spurring Internet commerce and enterpreneurship, let alone the average Joe that wants a domain name.

    To Mike and the other lawyers out there......does ICANN fit the definition of a 'cartel'? They may be on their way to join the ranks of OPEC, RIAA, and MPAA......the way some of these new TLDs have been rolled out reeks of collusion and monopoly tactics. (IMO, IANAL)

    To avoid this, ICANN must develop plans for an alternate route, speed up the new TLD process, and/or offer more TLDs without the broohaa and anticonsumer provisions, otherwise shape their image and operations up......

    but I won't hold my breath.

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