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    Re:A question re less market, more community
    by vbertola on Tuesday April 08 2003, @01:29AM (#11462)
    User #3435 Info | http://bertola.eu.org/
    Yes, the title might be misleading - what I'm saying is that you already have a good number of generic commercial gTLDs, so that actual demand for more of them might be limited. (But, as I already said, if someone wants to try, he's welcome, and certainly more competition is good, not bad.) What is still missing is the opportunity for small communities to self-organize their own non-profit TLD at a very low cost.

    Your paper seems to assume that the only demand is for for-profit gTLDs in the first world or for non-profit gTLDs in the least developed countries. That doesn't cover non-profit TLDs in developed countries - practically, you are assuming that if you're in Europe or in the US then you're allowed to use the DNS only in a commercial fashion, something I don't agree with. With your proposal, .sucks would go to the highest commercial bidder, while I think it should go to someone who can ensure it's used for free speech.

    --vb. (Vittorio Bertola)

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    Re:A question re less market, more community by vbertola
    Re:A question re less market, more community
    by lsolum on Tuesday April 08 2003, @06:30AM (#11464)
    User #3416 Info | http://lsolum.blogspot.com/
    If our paper implies that the only demand is for commercial gTLDs, that is certainly an error that we should correct. Here is out thought. To the extent there is a need to subsidize nonprofit gTLDs or even commercial gTLDs directed at LDCs, the question becomes, how can the resources be made available to do this? On that question, an auction plan has a tremendous advantage, because it will bring in resources from commercial gTLD auctions, which then can subsidize the nonprofit gTLD sector. The current system, beauty contests, is enormously expensive, and limits the nonprofit sTLD sector to the most wealthy nonprofits and international organizations. This is truly the worst of all possible worlds. Are you familiar with the experience of regulatory agencies using a public-interest (beauty contest) approach for spectrum allocation. That experience has been uniformly dismal--large commercial interests have inevitably dominated the process. Even if the ICANN board brings the best of intentions to the process, over 75 years of experience suggests that if commercial interests compete with public interests in a beauty contest scheme, the commercial interests will win out in the long run. Auctions channel the commercial gTLD pressures into competitive bidding, leaving ICANN free from those pressures (and with greater resources) to deal with public interest issues.
    Thank you for the very informative response.
    Lawrence SolumLawrence Solum
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