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    ICANN Concludes .COM Has Competition
    by Anonymous on Saturday December 04 2004, @06:23PM (#14523)
    ICANN Concludes .COM Has Competition

    >>MARILYN CADE: I have a follow-up comment. But we all have to acknowledge and that in the space of a registry, there really aren't -- there's really not competition at the registry level, and we all understand that. So when we say what's wrong with letting the market decide that, in fact, the registrar doesn't have competition in that space. And I'm not trying to be burdensome about that. I'm just saying why wouldn't we ask that question in the process.
    >>CHUCK GOMES: First of all, I totally disagree with you that there's no competition in that space. I see Ken raising his hand wanting to talk. They offer different services for dot info, added value services, than we offer for dot com.
    The ccTLD registries offer different things for their community than we do.
    There is competition, and that's, of course, the reason we introduce competition.
    >>MARILYN CADE: I'm sorry; but I asked a question at the end of my statement.
    >>CHUCK GOMES: Your question was?
    >>MARILYN CADE:What's wrong with just taking the quick look?
    >>CHUCK GOMES: I'm trying to figure out what it is accomplishing. What is -- A quick look -- by the way, the quick look, I think you're being more specific than just the quick-look process.
    The part of the quick-look process that I was trying to get clarification on just had to do with this question of does it have an impact on registrars or registrants. Of course it will. So I'm not sure what you have to look at there.
    If it's not a forced service; okay? If there's still choice there by the registrar and the registrant, then what's being accomplished? It's not clear to me.
    >>BRUCE TONKIN: Go ahead, Ken.
    >>KEN STUBBS: Well, naturally, I want to echo Chuck's comments with regard to competition. The last time I looked, there's about 260, 270-plus competitors out there for global TLDs.
    ===

    Can anyone imagine Ken Stubbs attempting to
    compete in a true free-market situation ?
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