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    Re: New alternate root scam? The Mobile TLD
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Wednesday June 12 2002, @06:09AM (#7115)
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    Of course not. It's not in the root servers yet. Nobody advertises New.Net sites either, as far as I can see. But that doesn't change the fact that IOD's plan and application has been a model for how a new registry should be. ICANN chose its friends rather than the truly deserving applicants, and that's a fact.

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    Re: New alternate root scam? The Mobile TLD by PeterBarron
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    by Anonymous on Wednesday June 12 2002, @06:45AM (#7120)
    I agree with you about ICANN "keeping it in the family", giving TLDs to the established players. But remember one thing: When IOD was touting itself, just prior to November 2000, IOD was saying that it's own application for .WEB was, indeed, virtually the same as Afilias's application. Therefore, IOD would be just as worthy an applicant as Afilias, in IOD's minds-eye.

    If true, that means IOD would have encumbered some of the same hurdles as Afilias. One of those hurdles would be trying to market and advertise the TLD, when sales are well below projections from 2000.

    Of course, IOD's ethics could never be as low as those of Afilias. But who knows, I remember plenty of generic .WEB names registered to IOD insiders, at one point. That's not necessarily akin to the fraud perpetrated by Govinda Leopold and other Afilias board members and/or employees, but it shows a proclivity for insiders to grab valuable names, ethically or unethically. My point here is that there is too much temptation to grab valuable internet real estate to blindly say that IOD would have been able to control unethical behavior from without AND from within.
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    Re: New alternate root scam? The Mobile TLD
    by Anonymous on Wednesday June 12 2002, @06:47AM (#7121)
    And you're right about New.net. But in my opinion, they are not even in the same league as IOD. New.net is a piece of crap.
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