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    by jberryhill on Thursday June 19 2003, @01:47PM (#11816)
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    Okay, so let's make sure we understand this. These registrars want a WLS moratorium, so that VRSN cannot implement a WLS under which they would sell wholesale to the registrars, who could then resell the service.

    Then, the pending patent applications will issue, and these regsistrars will be shut down by patent litigation, and have no share of the pie at all.

    Brilliant strategy. I can just hear the screams of "Don't throw me in the briar patch" coming from Herndon now...

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    Exactly, where was Congress five years ago?
    by dmehus on Thursday June 19 2003, @02:03PM (#11817)
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    It would seem to me that Congressman Brian Baird, a Democrat from Washington state, is doing this because of increasing pressure from two Washington-based domain name registrars. Both Dotster and eNom, well known opponents to the WLS, are headquarted in Washington state. No offence to lobbyists, but this absolutely reaks of political lobbying or, at the very least, whining.

    I should state that I support the idea of a Wait Listing Service ("WLS") on principle because it's the only fair way to do it; however, I think people should be given refunds if their back-order registration is unsuccessful. Really though, it's definitely fairer and more stable to have one system at the registry for back-orders than a hodge podge of systems at various registrars. Case in point: "thick" registry WHOIS has proved consistently to be better than VeriSign's "thin" system for .com and net.

    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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    Washington Post Picks Up Story
    by GeorgeK on Thursday June 19 2003, @04:34PM (#11820)
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    Dot-COM Waiting List Under Fire [washingtonpost.com]

    Of course, Mary Hewitt failed to mention that in the public discussions, there was CONSENSUS opposition to it, and that ICANN's Board decision was not reflective of the public discussions. I'm glad to see folks are beginning to notice that ICANN has crossed a line, and that unless they shape up, they will no longer be put in a position to make those poor decisions again.

    There was more misinformation in that article re: "load" being an issue, which is incorrect. See my posts here [dnso.org] and here [dnso.org] which use Verisign's own data and words, to refute the "load" issue.
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    News.com picks up the story
    by GeorgeK on Thursday June 19 2003, @06:35PM (#11821)
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    Bill challenges ICANN, VeriSign [com.com]

    "An ICANN spokeswoman said the wait-list change would not become effective until after an October board meeting in Carthage, Tunisia. "We welcome any kind of interest in ICANN because we are a transparent and accountable organization," ICANN spokeswoman Mary Hewitt said. "Whether it's the U.S. government or Belgium that wants to look at us, we welcome the interest. We post everything on our Web site."

    If that's truly the case, perhaps Mary Hewitt can explain why ICANN continues to refuse to provide the Independent Review Panel, which was formally requested on September 9, 2002:

    First Dotster Letter [icann.org]
    Second Dotster letter [icann.org]
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    Support for this Legislation
    by dmehus on Thursday June 19 2003, @08:39PM (#11823)
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    After reading the entire bill, and a mighty short one at that, I have decided to support the legislation in its entirety. While I question the timing or motives behind it, on principle, this legislation is a long time coming. It's time that the independent investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, the General Accounting Office, do a complete, thorough, and transparent audit of both ICANN's business practices and its compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding that it signed in 1998.

    ICANN must be held accountable.

    Let's take a consensus. Will it pass? An "aye" or "nay" will suffice (though, more commentary is always appreciated). :)

    Doug Mehus http://doug.mehus.info/ [mehus.info]
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