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    .NET has ALREADY Been Rebid - To ICANN
    by Anonymous on Thursday December 09 2004, @05:14AM (#14534)
    .NET has ALREADY Been Rebid - To ICANN

    Even though ICANN made promises that it would
    not be a TLD Registry, what has been slipped past
    many of the ICANN "watchers" is a slick legal
    move that should finally satisfy the insiders
    and their insatiable desire to "run .NET".
    ICANN has essentially become the .NET Registry
    at 75 cents per name per year. Now ICANN is
    simply tasked with the much easier job of
    **out-sourcing** the heavy lifting.

    In these modern times, politicos and the digerati
    never get their hands dirty running the real
    Registry (with real servers, etc.), they find
    some call-center operations company to out-source
    that part of the task.

    ICANN has FOUR of them lining up, ready to "bid"
    for that day job: Verisign, Afilias, NeuSomething,
    and the German .DE Registry. All four will be
    on their knees, groveling for a bone that ICANN
    tosses them. Joe Sims must be laughing all the
    way to the bank, on his trip home from Cape Town.
    These companies are going to pay $500,000 for a
    shot at the out-sourced opportunity he created
    without without the ICANN Board even noticing.

    Note: ISOC does not really run .ORG, it is
    out-sourced to PIR, who then out-sources to
    Afilias who then out-sources to one of Dave
    Farber's companies. Dave Farber was Jon Postel's
    thesis advisor. Dave Farber has over 25 TLDs,
    last count. .ORG is of course the cash-cow
    that is now funding IETF insiders to engineer
    solutions blessed by the insiders.
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