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    The Big Picture ICANN, Call A Friend
    posted by michael on Monday August 30 2004, @06:54AM

    William Spencer writes "Okay, so ICANN won a round in Federal court. Before the next round in California state court, maybe ICANN CEO Twomey could do something truly useful – call a friend in the business. Call a couple. Ask them why Verisign and the Registrars are suing them. Then listen. A dispassionate voice might clue Twomey and his colleagues in to the fact that ICANN is not doing its job very well, and that it doesn’t have to be this way. He might hear from a friend that the Internet industry doesn’t have a clue what ICANN will do next. Some predictability is needed in business and finance, and ICANN isn’t giving any. Investments of money and time are being wasted. That’s not good. And that’s why the lawsuits are being filed."

    "Here’s an example: Love it or hate it, Verisign came to ICANN with a fairly rational plan to create a wait list for domain names. They did things by "the book," to the extent that ICANN has a "book." And what did they get? They not only were delayed interminably, but the vacuum of how to deal with the backlog was filled with a nightmare scenario for Verisign. Every time the rights to a desirable domain name is set to expire, an avalanche of emails now comes roaring into Verisign’s system, threatening its limits and forcing costly backups to deal with all that traffic. So what’s the lesson Verisign and others learn? Going "by the book" with ICANN is a one-way street. ICANN demands that we in the private sector go "by the book," but they don’t reciprocate. ICANN does not even acknowledge they have a "book" to go by. (NTIA Director Gallagher, call your office.)

    A friend would probably commiserate with Mr. Twomey a bit and agree that lawsuits are no fun. But he might add that Mr. Twomey needs to take a deep breath, and understand that he is not the only one who doesn’t like lawsuits. Lawsuits cost time and money on both sides. He and ICANN would benefit from some reflection, not on why so many people “want” to sue him, but on why so many people “finally decide” to sue him. Lawsuits are not the best option for anyone. If it’s true that bad cases make bad law, why doesn’t ICANN stop creating so many bad cases? If the lawsuits are business’s final attempt to get clarity, why doesn’t Mr. Twomey offer some clarity outside the courtroom?

    Mr. Twomey could use some good advice. There’s plenty out there, if he’ll get outside the current ICANN mentality, and pick up the phone."

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    Emails? You've got to be kidding
    by GeorgeK on Monday August 30 2004, @08:54AM (#14086)
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    every time the rights to a desirable domain name is set to expire, an avalanche of emails now comes roaring into Verisign’s system, threatening its limits and forcing costly backups to deal with all that traffic.

    If you really think VeriSign gets EMAILS at drop time, you have a lot to learn.

    Going "by the book", there was a super-majority consensus AGAINST WLS in the policy formation part of ICANN. Period. That should have ended it right there. The drop system is functioning well under the status quo, and needs no monopolistic and abusive WLS scheme to fatten up VeriSign's bottom-line.
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