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    Re: Mueller speaks out on WLS (Warning: here be he
    by RFassett on Wednesday August 28 2002, @03:33AM (#8743)
    User #3226 Info | http://www.enum.info
    Whether one advocates, or does not advocate, new TLD's for whatever logical and seemingly justifiable reasons, the question to me is whether ICANN is acting a regulator to the market place by restricting entry.

    ICANN, the private entity, continues to claim it is not, is not intended to be, nor has the "will" to be a market regulator for DNS addressing. By restricting entry thus limiting the number of TLD registries - some say artificially but certainly without any clear documentation as to why as pointed out by the NTEPPTF itself - is ICANN not acting as a market regulator?

    Was ICANN's role intended to be one where it would "foster" competition that in spirit would seem to remove itself as a regulator? Has ICANN not completely twisted this around to where it becomes - by its owns actions - a market regulator? Is ICANN structurally - by design - incapable of playing the role of a global DNS regulator?

    By restricting entry, does ICANN not gain precious leverage with the few registries it has contracts with whereby it can then further influence regulatory measures upon the market place, notably the user community? No "mutually agreed" contract, no entry (see .pro delay).

    If ICANN sets up a system for entry, will it not lose this leverage, or certainly more likely to be challenged on its authority to impose market place regulatory measures in its registry contracts? If so, will ICANN not lose much of its ability to centrally regulate the market place, such as imposing sponsorships, price controls, and new product service offerings?

    Whether one agrees or disagrees with TLD expansion for whatever logical reasoning, the question is to me: Is ICANN acting as a market regulator by restricting entry? ICANN claims to have no desire to regulate the market place. After 4 years, one limted expansion round, the entangled registry contracts this produced, and no documented system for further entry, what do their actions say? Is ICANN acting as a market regulator? If one answers "yes", is it supposed to be, by its own definition, design, and structure? This, to me, is the issue, not the "opinion" of whether one thinks there should or should not be new TLD's for whatever justifiable reasons one believes.
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    Right on target
    by Mueller ({mueller} {at} {syr.edu}) on Wednesday August 28 2002, @08:04AM (#8753)
    User #2901 Info | http://istweb.syr.edu/~mueller/
    You wrote:
    "If ICANN sets up a system for entry, will it not lose this leverage, or certainly more likely to be challenged on its authority to impose market place regulatory measures in its registry contracts? If so, will ICANN not lose much of its ability to centrally regulate the market place, such as imposing sponsorships, price controls, and new product service offerings?"

    Bingo. Add "UDRP" to your last sentence and you have encapsulated the politics of ICANN in one sentence. That's all there is to it, folks.
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