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    gTLDs hoping to enter the legacy root Spectral Web, Inc.’s Comments Regarding Image Online Design, Inc.
    posted by michael on Monday November 19 2001, @05:14AM

    Spectral_Web writes "Spectral Web, Inc. has prepared a statement regarding Online Design, Inc., the .WEB Registry. This statement consists of three parts: (1) History-IANA to Present; (2) History-The Examiners' Report; (3) What ICANN Needs to Do in the Next gTLD Application Process. (More details inside)."

    Here is the Introduction to the statement:

    Namespace has been congested for far too long. While overpopulation in the real world is difficult to deal with because of three dimensional realities, virtual real estate is far more flexible. The main determining factors in Internet expansion reside with the policy-makers and the special interest groups that exert disproportionate pressure in order to get their ways. As is so often the case, it is the individual and the small company that are made to cope with resultant conditions. This is ironic, for many in the early days of the Internet identified the World Wide Web as the great equalizer.

    Namespace congestion exists as a result of procedural lethargy in ICANN's system and of corporate self-interest. IP constituencies reinforce that lethargy. Yet if the world was in need of Internet expansion a decade ago, it is starving for it now. As the online community grows, this situation will not abate.

    Truth be told, in technical terms, only one TLD needs to exist, with web developers cramming all the spaces between logical, generic descriptors. A given company, organization or individual is welcome to establish operations on ZXTERLETZ-123-XYZ.com, for instance. That plot of land exists and is almost certainly available for registration.

    Certainly, scores upon scores of similar web addresses are available as Internet locales. That is not in dispute. Still, for companies, organizations and individuals that want to stand out in namespace, there is little that such locations offer. Branding, marketing and advertising costs increase as URLs stray further and further from logical linguistic strings. Recent global events make the matter even more urgent. With eCommerce failing -- and now brick-and-mortar commerce joining that quandary -- businesses, organizations and individuals are in dire need of quality, memorable, and useful domains.

    Business analysts understand that as the consumer base becomes increasingly hesitant to shop in the concrete world due to security fears, online vendors will assist in bolstering economies. The need for adding quality TLDs is less abstract and theoretical than it ever was before, and the Department of Commerce should further urge ICANN to move at a more reasonable pace, and to employ a fairer, unbiased hand whilst moving the TLD market towards genuine competition.

    Image Online Design, Inc. (IOD) has functioned as the .WEB registry since 1996, when it was requested by IANA to go live and prove the technical concept. By the time ICANN cut the ribbon on its application process in November 2000, IOD was the most proven, most successful applicant. Its infrastructure, unlike those of the other applicants, was active and tangible; conversely, the systems detailed in the other applications were nothing more than mere proposals. They were ideal projections at best and baseless promises at worst.

    Spectral Web, Inc., a .WEB registrant and supporter of IOD, is the author of this statement. Spectral Web is a New York City-based company, devoted to building online forums and communities, publishing eZines and eBooks, and providing information in a number of fields. Towards that end, Spectral Web has registered its .WEB domains. It now awaits the fulfillment of IANA's promise to IOD via ICANN's approval of IOD's .WEB registry.

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    Outline of Main Sections

    I. History 101 - IANA to the Present: "Image Online Design, Inc. (IOD) has functioned as the .WEB registry since 1996, when it was requested by IANA to go live and prove the technical concept. It never sought permanent residency in an alternative root, but simply entered one in order to demonstrate viability, as required by IANA. IOD accomplished its mission five years ago and has more than earned a place for its .WEB in the main Internet."

    II. History 102 - The Examiners' Report: A Study in Investigative Misperception and Error: "While Spectral Web appreciates that all aspects of all applications need to be scrutinized, Spectral Web is distressed by the seeming lack of objectivity evidenced by the examiners in their report. In fact, looking not merely to the report on IOD but to all reports, it is clear that analysis is often erroneous, inconsistent, biased, illogical, superficial and unreasonable."

    III. Logic 101 - What ICANN Needs to Do in the Next Application Process: "ICANN needs a success story now more than ever before. It must demonstrate that it is capable of being fair, open and committed to bottom-up decision-making. It needs to take stock of the damage Verisign, Afilias and NeuLevel have incurred on its reputation and should seek measures of counteracting that damage with more prudent decisions."

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    Re: .WEB is not in New.Net's list of TLDs
    by simon on Monday November 19 2001, @08:47AM (#3729)
    User #2982 Info | http://www.nic.pro/
    How can a company own a TLD???

    That's pure nonsense.

    See the facts: there are three .info registries and there are two biz registries!

    # TLD RSC Manager
    1 info LRS Department of Commerce
    2 info NSpace Name.Space
    3 info TUR The Universal Registry

    # TLD RSC Manager
    1 biz TPR Atlantic Root Network Inc
    2 biz LRS Department of Commerce

    Tomorrow I set up a server to form a .WEB registry, too.
    Now I'm a owner of .WEB, too.

    Own a TLD?
    LOLOLOLOLOLOLnic.PRO will be back online soon with FREE sub-domains. Dowload the FREE plug-in at
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    What does new.net have to do with ICANN? This is I
    by ChrisGrady (chris@DontSpamMe.com) on Monday November 19 2001, @10:15AM (#3736)
    User #3093 Info
    What does new.net have to do with ICANN? This is "ICANNWatch" after all, and the paper is about the history of ICANN and IOD's the .WEB registry.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    So what you're saying is ...
    by ChrisGrady (chris@DontSpamMe.com) on Monday November 19 2001, @11:12AM (#3759)
    User #3093 Info
    So what you're saying is:
    1. That there is no use for .WEB now (so why did Afilias want it?), and;
    2. That financial backing is only effective if it comes from a person in the same industry. (So Sun Microsystems will produce less effective products if the majority of their investors own a chain of car dealerships?)
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    90% of site traffic from search engines. Where is
    by ChrisGrady (chris@DontSpamMe.com) on Monday November 19 2001, @11:18AM (#3766)
    User #3093 Info
    On how many of the top search engines can new.net web sites be found?
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Are new.net employees paid to post on ICANNWatch?
    by ChrisGrady (chris@DontSpamMe.com) on Monday November 19 2001, @11:20AM (#3767)
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