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    Re:Unlimited TLDs
    by KarlAuerbach on Sunday April 06 2003, @11:23PM (#11446)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    I'd like to question some assumptions.

    I would suggest that a significant number of the .com registrants - coca-cola, disney, boeing, ford, ... (this list is very long) will want to elevate themselves to the top level and will want their very own TLDs. I'd suspect that the number of folks who would want to do this is fairly large - Fortune 5000. (And it might even go beyond company names to marks, of which there are many more than there are companies - Proctor and Gamble might want to elevate diapers.com to being the TLD diapers. ;-)

    As for the cost of operating a registry - I can do one for nearly nothing. I'll never send bills for renewals, in fact I'll never expire names. I won't even publish a whois. I'll just ask for $25 for a one-time registration that will endure for as long as I have the TLD. I'll charge a fee for maintanence updates, like changing name server lists. It'll cost me a couple thousand $ per year to co-lo a dozen servers.

    And I don't see why, if there is really an adequate supply of TLDs, that any registry needs to offer its services to the public at all. We've already started well down the private TLD path with ICANN's "sponsored" ones.
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    Re:Unlimited TLDs by KarlAuerbach
    Re:Unlimited TLDs
    by lsolum on Monday April 07 2003, @07:37AM (#11453)
    User #3416 Info | http://lsolum.blogspot.com/
    With respect to Karl's first point, I think Karl is likely to be right. Large multinational corporations are likely to be bidders for new gTLD slots/strings. Certainly as the price of slots comes down, this will be inevitable.
    With respect to Karl's second point about the cost of operating a TLD, I defer to Karl's superior knowledge. His estimate (even if low by a factor of 10 or 100) suggests that 1000 is far too low as a cap for the ultimate level of TLD demand.
    Karl's third point (about private TLDs) is absolutely right And as Karl points out, that is the implication of the move to sTLDs.Lawrence Solum
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    Re:Unlimited TLDs
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Monday April 07 2003, @09:31AM (#11456)
    User #3240 Info | http://www.icannwatch.org/
    If a registry requires servers across the world, and you take the current registries as the minimum acceptable level of technical ability, then I sincerely doubt that you, Karl, would spend the money for the infrastructure, much less the maintenance.

    Your argument presumes that you can run a registry with a single server in your basement. You cannot.

    Even 5000 TLDs is insignificant.

    ++Peter
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