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    Keith Teare's Iconoclastic Take on the SiteFinder Report | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 21 comments | Search Discussion
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    "VeriSign is getting those domains for free"
    by Anonymous on Friday July 23 2004, @08:17AM (#14015)
    "VeriSign is getting those domains for free under their dream scenario, giving it an advantage solely due to it's monopoly."

    That monopoly is short-lived and anyone with a
    small amount of technical clue (including Verisign)
    knows that.

    North America is rapidly moving to a Walled-Garden
    Internet arrangement. Consumers actually want that
    and have assumed for years *that* is the way the
    Internet works.

    Also, when you say "monopoly" you have to be
    clear on whether you mean the monopoly of
    running the servers for $6 per year OR the
    monopoly on the dominant TLDs (.COM and .NET).

    The second monopoly is a mind-share monopoly.
    That is what makes the Walled-Garden Internet
    arrangement possible. The vast majority of
    Internet users assume a company owns Name.COM
    and Name.NET and that is all they need to find
    them. .COM and .NET name owners will have to
    PAY to be visible in thousands of Walled Gardens
    around the world. Verisign may still operate
    the servers behind the scenes, but the Filter
    Devices will create the Walled Gardens. If
    the .COM and .NET owners do not pay, then all
    of the cable-modem-like devices will re-direct
    users to a different message. For some .COM
    and .NET name owners, that may be just fine
    with them. They may not want wealthy, broad-band,
    always-on, highly-educated, affluent users
    accessing their servers.

    The technology is in place and the Walled Gardens
    are coming. Verisign knows that and they actually
    tried to do the Internet Society a favor by
    locking people into the centralized model. Now
    the Internet Society will get something they
    (the ISOC) really do not want. The ISOC will
    find that .ORG is completely shut off and .COM
    and .NET will grow and prosper with Verisign
    behind the scenes and the Walled Gardens at
    the edges collecting tolls that do not go to
    the ISOC insiders.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    "VeriSign is getting those domains for free" by Anonymous

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