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    Alternate Roots The new.net tortoise plods along
    posted by michael on Thursday October 04 2001, @03:59AM

    fnord writes "New.net issues another of what seem to be a measured series of press releases and actions. As previously, they have added new extentions in additional languages (German and Italian join their existing English, French, Spanish and Portuguese) and their names are being offered by more ICANN accredited registrars. According to their home page their sites are now accessible to over 70 million internet users, and their featured sites list continues to grow."

    Whether this means anything is anyone's guess. If anything it is newsworthy because it doesn't seem that newsworthy. New.net multilingual names are still in plain ASCII and the multilingual names Verisign intends to add to the root will likely supercede them. I've also still not stumbled across a single new.net site via independent links or search engines. For those reasons and others including their lack of universal utility it would be easy to write them off. OTOH, given ICANN's glacial pace and proven ability to turn just about anything they touch into dross, such small measured tortoise steps towards critical mass may continue to gain on ICANN's tortuous one step forward, two steps back. -g

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    Re: Over 70 million viewers ....
    by dansheehy on Monday October 08 2001, @06:19AM (#2772)
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    Our overall number has indeed continued to climb. As one of the tortoises at new.net responsiblve for growing that number, I'd prefer to characterize the growth as "steady" :) We factor in losses in subscribers from our ISP partners as soon as they are reported, but there has only been a net increase across our ISP partners' subscriber base.
    We also continue to distribute our client application which is tracked incrementally to users accessing via our activated ISP partners. In our efforts to remain as transparent as possible this is all pretty clearly disclosed on our site. BTW, E@H network has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, but its broadband network continues to operate. If in the future it does become the source of a decrease in the overall number of Internet users with access to New.net domain names, it will be promptly reflected in our overall reach figure. In short, our number *does* reflect decreases in subscribers among partner ISPs when they occur, but that number is more than offset by the growth from other partners and from the distribution of our client.
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