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
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.