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    Alternate Roots new.net changes hands, sort of
    posted by tbyfield on Monday September 20 2004, @06:49PM

    fnord writes "New.net, an alternate root of sorts that hasn't had much press in a very long time, has been taken over by the Ventare Group according to this press release.

    Now billing themselves as a search services company, new.net originally surfaced as an alternate root via Idealab, the Fsckedcompany.com poster child. The Ventare group is also an Idealab company so this doesn't look like much of a change. New.net's plugin to access alternate domains is mostly spread via being piggybacked in with other downloadable software (called foistware). The Ventare group is called scumware over at JimWorld, and is known for spamming. This hardly seems like a step up in the world. Does anyone even own any new.net names anymore? -g"

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    New.Net is not an Alternate Root and Other Myths
    by Anonymous on Monday September 20 2004, @07:16PM (#14184)
    New.Net is not an Alternate Root and Other Myths

    New.Net has always attempted to steer clear of
    the politically incorrect label of being an
    "alternate root". They simply add TLDs to the
    existing population of TLDs. Modern DNS software
    points directly to TLD servers and does not have
    any root servers.

    The plug-in approach for any new TLDs is a very
    poor way to go. People do not like things that
    reconfigure their browsers. It is much easier
    to integrate the New.Net TLDs via a local
    firewall/DNS/DHCP Access Point. The Cisco
    WRT-54G is one example, it has wireless as an
    added benefit. The non-BIND DNS server has the
    hooks to point directly at TLD servers without
    root servers.

    Despite flawless technology, and excellent
    marketing presentation, New.Net has suffered
    mostly because of the business relationships
    it has with certain people (ISOC thugs) in the
    industry. It is very much like Las Vegas in
    the 50s vs today. New.Net thought they needed
    "the mob" to bless their TLDs, people walked

    New.Net has also made mistakes, such as
    high-pricing and offering .MOVIE names to
    studios for free while joe-consumer pays the
    bill. That would be like Verisign offering .NET names to ISPs for free and charging
    consumers high prices for .COM. Consumers
    expect the ISP to pay many of the bills from
    their monthly contribution.

    New.Net has also made the mistake of stroking
    ICANN. They got nothing in return (no surprise)
    and drove people away. The focus should be on
    getting enough SLD users for a TLD to make it
    viable long-term. New.Net has not worked to
    bring people together with common interests.
    The .TRAVEL industry is a good example. It
    has to be worked separate from the .XXX industry.
    The Registrars have no interest in developing
    on a vertical industry basis. New.Net was not
    receptive to people from specific vertical
    markets. They gave the impression of a horizontal
    approach that was spread too thin to cause
    anyone to develop much interest in investing.
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