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
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
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
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.
to read the full statement
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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