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    Not merely regulatory but irrelevant to stabilty
    by KarlAuerbach on Tuesday May 04 2004, @06:03PM (#13481)
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    Having inspected ICANN's legal bills I can say that for several years past ICANN has spent not only a huge amount of money on external legal expenses but also on internal legal expenses.

    And a prodigious portion of those expenses were for TLD contract matters that have no relevance to the technical stability of the internet.

    ICANN is not merely engaged in regulation of the internet, but it is engaged with virtual exclusivity on the business and economic practices of domain name sellers.

    ICANN has dropped the ball - it is not doing anything to ensure that the internet's domain name system runs 24x7.

    The community of internet users is wasting millions of dollars yearly to ICANN and also in excessive domain name fees due to ICANN's price support system.

    If ICANN were to vanish the net would be no less stable - in fact its absence might cause people to realize that there is no hand on the throttle or foot on the brake of DNS operations.

    And if ICANN were to vanish its web of price-support hyper-regulatory contracts could crumble and be replaced by actual competition based on actual offerings of differentiated services.

    ICANN's legal costs are merely an indication of how deeply ICANN has become a vassel of the law firm that created it and how self-perpetuating is ICANN's bureaucracy.
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