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    Re:I guess news travels slowly in ICANN
    by Anonymous on Monday March 15 2004, @01:12PM (#13201)
    "Further, I wish someone would give me a good reason why a technically adept company with a killer product can't bring its product public."

    Perhaps the reasons are the same as those for not allowing anyone to haphazardly start a new phone numbering system and comingle it with the current systems. Sure, it can be done, but the safe bet is to regulate it so not everyone can.

    "Stability" means more than just consistant dependable hardware. Stability also has to do with ease of use and lack of confusion. Including ccTLDs, there are over 250 extensions, and the vast majority of netizens only know of two or three ... pathetic at best.

    What's clearer by the minute is the increased power of speculators and defensive registrants. Registries know they can count on a certain amount of speculative and defensive registrations/renewals, even if no one else ever knows about the extension.

    The last round (.info, .biz, .us) of TLDs illustrated how deeply entrenched speculators are in the system, all the way to the boardroom at the registry and registrar levels.

    In my opinion, allowing IOD's .WEB into the fold only adds another of these opportunities for speculators at the consumer, registrar, and registry levels. Not too long ago I noticed Chris Ambler hanging in the domain speculator forum(s) (dnforum.com, domainstate.com), actively participating in the "drop catching" game, to some extent. How bad does it look when everyone is bitching and moaning about Hal Lubsen, Moshe Fogel, Govinda Leopold, and other ethically-challenged folks from ICANN-accredited registrars and registries, and ICANN accredits another that has the earmarks of a speculators opportunity ...it doesn't look very smart.

    ICANN had better clean house before making any more mistakes with additional TLDs.

    If ICANN's judgement is as bad as everyone claims, why in the world isn't everyone screaming for no new TLDs until ICANN gets its act together? Because no one cares about ICANN's incompetence as long as THEIR registry is awarded a new TLD.

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