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    Re:That was *not* what ICANN was created to do
    by Anonymous on Friday March 05 2004, @01:00PM (#13085)
    As time passes, people do not care about history.

    The average .COM Registrar has no idea how they
    have their current opportunity. They just pushed
    some buttons on a screen, sent a check, and now
    rake in the profits. They think ICANN is a great
    franchisor that protects their .COM product from
    other TLDs. They make their big money preying on
    people who forget to pay. They charge huge fees
    to get their names back. The $6 annual fee is
    lost in the hundreds of dollars people pay for a
    simple clerical mistake. The Registrars love it.

    As for the IANA function and the real cash-cow,
    IP address blocks, the Registrars could not care
    less. In many cases, they simply do not understand
    how the Internet works. They push buttons on a
    screen and cash the checks. The rest is too technical for them. All they care about is
    return on investment. They do a minimum amount
    of work and get a maximum return. Their franchised
    business has been delivered to their screens.
    They do not understand what went into getting it
    there. They of course do not pay for any of the
    work that went before them. They just reap the
    current rewards and invest nothing in the future,
    unless there is a clear financial pay-off for them.

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    Re:That was *not* what ICANN was created to do by Anonymous


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