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    Re: Registrations in Open ccTLDs
    by RFassett on Tuesday July 23 2002, @04:29AM (#8021)
    User #3226 Info | http://www.enum.info
    "Where then will the demand come from for more open essentially undifferentiated TLDs?"

    if there is no demand, no one will invest the required resources (no small amount) to launch them. Why does it need to be any harder than this?

    Are not business owners and private industry fully capable of performing their own market research, maybe even better than what Ben is able to, given the size of the investment they would be considering to make?

    Do we need ICANN to do this for the market place? Are there any for-profit industry players spending $ on performing this market research now, as exist every day in other industries? Why not? Because ICANN has closed the gate on any new TLD's?

    This is the same ICANN that is whining about needing more private industry participation? They want for-profit industry to invest it's money and resources to achieve cooperative and common goals?...other than trademark interests, for what reason does private industry have to do so? Why should it do any market research or plan any new addressing initiatives? Because it benefits from ICANN's maintaining a stable Internet? Does private industry really believe that ICANN is centrally responsible for the stability of the Internet as it exists today? Is ICANN doing anything to encourage private industry innovation?Does the fact that no new private industry $ are being funnelled into technology or market research specific to Internet top level addressing say anything about where ICANN has led things to be over the past 2 years? I think it says a lot. Private industry $ are not being invested - even for just plain old market research - because the gate is closed. Innovation (or any hope of) stops in ICANN's Internet addressing arena. If there is no demand, no one will invest the required resources to launch a new TLD. Private industry is not even bothering to look at it. Is Ben an expert on Top Level Internet addressing architecture and innovation? Are you? Am I? Is ICANN? Where does this usually come from...or where is it NOT coming from and what single entity is mostly responsible for this?
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    Re: Registrations in Open ccTLDs by RFassett
    Re: Registrations in Open ccTLDs
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday July 23 2002, @05:22AM (#8025)
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    I mostly agree with what you're saying. I don't think it can be said no-one else is doing any research, SnapNames crunches a lot of numbers for example, and it is telling that they are involved in the proposed WLS. The numbers tell them that expiring domains which have been previously used are where the money is. That is where much of the speculator and defensive registration money is going, not to faux gTLDs which are unlikely to receive any meaningful traffic. Better to grab the traffic that is already there as existing names expire. And it mostly isn't the unused expiring names that are being grabbed when they drop, I expect the total number of .com registrations to continue to drop fairly steeply for some time. Others may also do research and choose to keep it quiet to maintain a competitive position. SnapNames now releases less data than they used to.

    I agree that ICANN has largely closed the gate. Now that the introduction of the new gTLDs, to say nothing of scores of ccTLDs, have been entered into the root and marketed in various ways and used for various purposes with no loss of internet stability, I do think ICANN could allow many of the 35 or so applicants turned down in November 2000 to have a go, many of those applicants were for restricted or other special purpose gTLDs anyway, and I don't think a few more open gTLDs would greatly increase the confusion. New entities should also be allowed to apply for open gTLDs if anyone interested can be found. If they've done their research I don't think anyone would bother in today's climate and I don't think that climate will change. I think the published research to date says quite clearly that there isn't much real demand for still more open undifferentiated gTLDs. -g

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