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It is amazing that people claim to always focus|
on FAIRNESS but at no time do they mention the
4,000,000 .NET domain name owners as a body that
could easily VOTE on their selection of a Registry
Operator. A VOTE is not an Auction or a Lottery**.
ICANN is of course terrified of Voting because
that might use the Internet and allow netizens
to have a voice, and the ISOC/UN/ITU/WIPO/OECD
can not tolerate that. Verisign of course wants
to keep all attention away from their .COM
cash-cow. They thought by paying off the ISOC
with a $5,000,000 donation and the .ORG TLD
would do the job. The regulators and academics
are now back for more. .ORG is of course failing
and will fade from the Internet scene. ICANN
does not care, as long as they keep the number
of TLDs small and people arguing they profit
from the debate.
If all .NET owners are allowed to Vote, market
research and straw-polls show that Verisign
would be re-selected, but the Registrars would
demand that the $6 fee to Verisign and the $1
fee to them should be reversed. The Registrars
do all of the real work, Verisign takes most of
the profits. Some of those Verisign profits of
course go into behind-the-scenes lobbyist work
to make sure any other competition is de-railed.
The competition is not the consumers selecting
but instead, a competition of which Registry's
psych-ops department is the most clever. Paying
university professors off is just one of their
A VOTE by the .NET owners would send a clear
message to anyone interested in reviewing the
results. One problem would of course be how
to hold a fair election. If Verisign ran a
simple web-site for the VOTE and the results
showed that Verisign is selected, the results
would be questioned. If the ISOC ran the election
and Verisign was not selected, those results
would be questioned. Another solution would be
for the RIRs (ARIN, RIPE and APNIC) to run the .NET vote, since they are just like all other .NET owners. That may not work because they
would probably elect themselves to be the
Registry operator, via their new NRO company
which recently changed its name from .ORG to .NET in preparation for bidding on the .NET TLD.
Another approach would be for ICANN to take
a Vote or straw-poll amoung .NET owners to see
if they want Verisign to be replaced. The lack
of recent comments shows that most people are
happy with the existing situation. .NET is only
up for re-bid because of the horse-trading for .ORG which was done by anti-Verisign ISOC zealots,
without the ICANN Board involvement, other than
a rubber-stamp approval at the end.
Yet another approach is for the Vote to be
taken incrementally. Vinton Cerf is out trying
to sell IPv6 to anyone that will listen. The
ISOC/IETF has conned the U.S. DOD into backing
those agendas. New .NET servers, running ONLY
IPv6 could be deployed and .NET owners could
Vote by paying to have their names copied to
those servers. That vote could help to show if
there is any real interest in IPv6 from .NET
owners and allow for a new .NET Registry to
emerge, one name at a time.
Yet another approach is for NEW.NET to be the
rallying point for .NET owners. Note the .NET
extension to the name NEW.NET. Unlike ICANN which
is not a .NET netizen, NEW.NET is at least part
of the .NET constituency. A vote for NEW.NET as
the new .NET operator would also bring in all of
the new TLDs. The .NET owners might have something
to attract new customers. Verisign, who always
claims to welcome new TLDs as competition, would
probably benefit from having a NEW.NET at their
side to once and for all do away with ICANN.
** People outside the U.S. may now view everything
as an Auction when it involves money. Look at the
up-coming U.S. election for the President. There
are essentially TWO Republicans to choose from.
Each has placed large sums of money on the table
to *bid* for the job. The po-folk Democrats do not
even have a candidate in the race. The November
elections now become a Lottery to select the
winner from the Auction Finalists. Flip a coin,
will it be Kerry or Bush? It does not matter.
Some would argue the winner should be President
and the loser Vice-President.
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.NET Auction ? Lottery ? Vote ?
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