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    Less market, more community
    by vbertola on Monday April 07 2003, @12:46AM (#11450)
    User #3435 Info | http://bertola.eu.org/
    I agree with Karl - the pure market approach does not satisfy me at all. In fact, I think that one of the problems we have now is that almost all gTLDs operate on a commercial basis, while I feel that there should be the space for small- and mid-sized communities to loosely self-organize and put up their own no-profit sTLD, and that could be one of the most interesting developments that the DNS could have. I don't think that there's really any true need for another unsponsored mass TLD such as .web or .site (but of course, if anyone wants to try, should be free to do it) but I think that there's demand for *non-commercial* (though not necessarily free) TLD services if you focus on existing online communities.

    Couple this with the fact that, in my opinion, you should not have any practical limitation (other than "a limited number" :-) ) on the number of new sTLDs. You could debate whether limitation on new unsponsored gTLDs is necessary - I don't think so, but I can see some reasons for it. But I can't understand why you need to have a corporation and to invest 300'000$ to put up a registry. You could buy registry services for 5$ a domain from the existing registries, or you could build your own registry on a few smartly administered co-located Linux boxes... In fact, most of the cost to put up a small scale sTLD is going to be ICANN's application fee :-(

    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)

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    A question re less market, more community
    by lsolum on Monday April 07 2003, @07:44AM (#11454)
    User #3416 Info | http://lsolum.blogspot.com/
    A Question for Vittorio Vittorio, why do you say "Less Market, More Community" instead of "More Market and Community?

    Can't we have both?
    Doesn't your comment assume that commercial gTLDs are in competition with nonprofit gTLDs? Given the feasible limtis of root expansion, can't we expand both the commercial and nonprofit (or subsidized) gTLD sectors? Along these lines, you might be interested in a short position paper by Karl Manheim and myself called "A Proposal Equity Enhancing Auctions," it is available at the following url: http://gtld-auctions.net/eeauctions.html [gtld-auctions.net].Lawrence Solum
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