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    Re:budweiser.beer
    by RFassett on Thursday October 02 2003, @08:52AM (#12351)
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    "....but I think some of these arguments are just bashing for the sake of it."

    I think it is pretty apparant now that "New Registry Services" such as Sitefinder and WLS are at the expense of other for-profit entities that have built business models around the dominant market share position of .com. These businesses have enjoyed and reaped the rewards of the artificial value .com holds in the market place while Verisign is left resigned to its $6 per unit. New Registry Services is nothing less than Verisign implementing business models that cash in upon the artificial valuation .com carries in the market place...but at the expense of others that are now vocally "bashing" such an outrageous and greedy concept.

    I recall about a year ago Verisign attempting to open negotiations where it would be allowed to increase its wholesale price in the face of shrinking .com registrations but where the value of a .com domain name was still well above $6 per unit (as I have seen termed as the "unlocked value"). The concept of a wholesale price increase seemed to have died as a non-starter by those affected and New Registry Services then sprouted as the "Plan for Action". My guess is that there is indeed a cause-effect relationship here.

    Personally, I would have much rather seen a wholesale price increase to $11 negotiated in the face of what was an obviously shrinking unit market place and no Sitefinder or WLS.

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    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Thursday October 02 2003, @06:13PM (#12356)
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    What we would have gotten is all of them, a price increase and SiteFinder and WLS, and no doubt there are other improvements to the namespace yet in store.

    The fact that the internet was once a public resource seems to have now been completely forgotten whilst we argue over the spoils with a 900 lb. gorilla. Wholesale prices should not go up, they should go down, and they would if there was no price floor (which some see wrongly as a price cap).

    VeriSign pleads poverty, etc. but the simple fact is that ICANN has been completely useless at promoting competition, VeriSign is still the dominant (near monopoly) player yo these many years later. Do you think it was a coincidence that VeriSign announced SiteFinder on the eve of ICANN getting an unprecedented new three year lease on life? If they had announced it a few months ago (which they could well have done, as I've said, .tv, .cc and others have already done the same thing) and provoked this storm of protest, perhaps ICANN might have come under closer scrutiny. The whole thing stinks of corruption and insider trading, as does most anything ICANN touches. -g

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