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    What Other U.S. Non-Profits *Charge* Such Fees ?
    by Anonymous on Wednesday June 30 2004, @04:14PM (#13834)
    What Other U.S. Non-Profits *Charge* Such Fees ?

    ICANN sounds like your garden-variety, for-profit, company. Most non-profits run on a shoe-string because they have to rely on **donations**.

    How does ICANN get away with such a structure as a U.S.-based non-profit company ?

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    Re:What Other U.S. Non-Profits *Charge* Such Fees
    by KarlAuerbach on Wednesday June 30 2004, @11:25PM (#13838)
    User #3243 Info | http://www.cavebear.com/
    I have always felt that ICANN's tax except status (both as a California public-benefit corporation and a Federa 501(c)(3)) are based on inadequate foundations. (See, for example Should California continue to grant tax exemptions to purported public-benefit corporations that do not really benefit the public? [cavebear.com])

    ICANN has clearly become little more than an industry trade association, a guild, that controls who may enter, and under what terms, into the business of dealing with domain names. There is no benefit to the public in this. Quite the contrary, I estimate that the ICANN price support system pulls more than $200,000,000 per year out of the pockets of internet users in the form of excessive domain name registration fees that arise as a direct result of ICANN's prevention of real competition in the domain name marketplace.

    To add insult to injury, there is no component of ICANN that deals with what the community of internet users actually needs ICANN to do - ensure the actual 24x7x365 stability of the internet. Let us not forget that ICANN has done precisely zero with regard to reliability, security, and predictability of the technical operation of the DNS root servers, the prepration of the root zone file, and the allocation of IP addresses. ICANN's security committee has been a dud - ICANN mainly uses it for decorative purposes.

    ICANN has since its inception engaged in other activities that put its tax-exempt status at risk. I have described these elsewhere.

    However, when one tries to inform ICANN of these issues the response seems much like the scene described in the first paragraph of Gulliver's record of his visit to Laputa. [jaffebros.com]
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