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    ICANN and the ITU a Match Made for the Third World
    by Anonymous on Tuesday June 08 2004, @07:10PM (#13732)
    ICANN and the ITU a Match Made for the Third World

    People familiar with the North American telecom market know that it is a unique market. It does not rely on the ITU and the ITU does not attempt to shape the North American market.

    Instead, the ITU preys on Third-World Countries.

    In some countries, a couple of wealthy taxi drivers own and operate the entire telecom industry. They rely on the ITU (and pay them) to tell them what to do and to give them the credibility they need on the world stage.

    North American telecom companies do not need the ITU accreditation. They rely on the open and free marketplace to shape the telecom directions. Unlike Third-World countries, the North American marketplace is filled with educated consumers. They vote with their dollars. They do not like regulators telling them what to like and dislike.

    It is ironic that the Internet Society has for years claimed they were nothing like the ITU. As it turns out, the ISOC is a very close duplicate of the ITU and it should be no surprise that ICANN and the ITU would find themselves as partners, on the Third-World stage, with a bunch of irrelevant ccTLDs as the audience.

    The North American open and free marketplace will continue to ignore ICANN and the ITU and make more progress without that regulatory baggage. Even though one of the promises of the Internet was that it would help to open the eyes of people in Third-World countries, that has not happened. The Internet is used as one more tool to give the people the mushroom treatment, where they are kept in the dark and fed manure.

    It will be interesting to see all of the Third-World players stepping up at the next ICANN-fest for their plate of .BS Maybe ICANN and the ITU should move under the .BS TLD to help clarify to the world what they attempt to sell. Fortunately, North Americans will not be there wasting their time and money on the .BS. They have a New .NET that is emerging, and it will be a lot more .FUN to see the .KIDS enjoy those innovations.

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