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    ICANN 1998 to Present - When do They Take .COM ?
    by Anonymous on Thursday April 21 2005, @06:36PM (#14956)
    ICANN 1998 to Present - When do They Take .COM ?

    Now that .NET is in the ICANN bag and turning out
    75 cents per name from the domain vending machines
    one might assume that .COM is next. Actually,
    ICANN already took .COM in the early days. People
    did not notice, they were distracted and did not
    have a big picture view of how boundless the
    ICANN greed can be.

    The Registrars were the tool that ICANN used to
    take .COM. Fees flow from the .COM churn via the
    ever-expanding Registrar ranks. Using those
    funds, ICANN then proceeded to make sure .EDU
    went to Mike Robert's insiders and .ORG to
    Vinton Cerf's ISOC. .NET has been icing on the
    cake for the California insiders that have wanted
    to run .NET for years. Side shows were the .US
    TLD that went to spooks in Northern Virginia.
    ICANN did not really need to get involved there.

    The real IANA lock-in, IP Address Allocations,
    have been swept under the rug at ICANN and the
    RIRs have expanded their empire to ensure their
    retirements. As long as the ICANN domain name
    vending machines are turning out quarters,
    ICANN will likely leave the RIRs alone. The RIRs
    have circled their wagons into smaller group
    of insiders centered on the NRO. They openly
    admit they are in collusion which is of course
    against U.S. laws. Who cares ? The Internet is
    International, right ?

    ICANN is now poised to settle into a corporate
    posture where all revenues that flow in are
    directed to some internal black-hole. People
    will not see any of the details. International
    expansion will of course ensure ICANN is able
    to continue thumbing it's nose at U.S. laws
    while exploiting the U.S. markets. ICANN will
    have no trouble attracting more and more people
    who fit that profile.

    Americans can now move forward and ignore both
    ICANN and the ITU which are cut from the same
    cloth. The deep markets in the U.S. will once
    again start to yield new innovations once ICANN
    is out of site and out of mind, along with the
    ISOC and IETF. It is costly to fund ICANN to
    go away, but, considering the big picture, it is
    a small price to pay to make way for a truely
    fair and free market.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Keep in Mind Reagan's Strategy to Bury the Soviets
    by Anonymous on Thursday April 21 2005, @07:03PM (#14957)
    Keep in Mind Reagan's Strategy to Bury the Soviets in Spending

    Putting ICANN into a spending race with the ITU will keep both organizations AWAY from the U.S. free markets where educated consumers will not
    be fooled by the ICANN and ITU roadshows.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Jeff Neuman has submitted a Resignation as Co-Chai
    by Anonymous on Thursday April 21 2005, @07:15PM (#14958)
    http://gnso.icann.org/mailing-lists/archives/counc il/msg00899.html

    "Jeff Neuman has submitted a Resignation as Co-Chair of Whois Task Force"

    Looks like some people see there is nothing
    left at ITU/ICANN and the new free markets in the .USA will be a better opportunity.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    ICANN is a Division of Verisign Time to Clone .NET
    by Anonymous on Friday April 22 2005, @04:36AM (#14959)
    ICANN is a Division of Verisign Time to Clone .NET

    Plan B for some of the .NET bidders was to work
    on the Clone of .NET.

    Verisign and ICANN had no intention of changing
    the .NET arrangement because .NET and .COM use
    the same IP addresses. If ICANN was serious about
    that, they would have required that Verisign
    separate .COM and .NET years ago.

    Now you will see a distinct separation of .NET
    and .COM. The .NET owners should be very pleased
    with the end result. Consumers will see a seemless
    transition, or actually not see it.

    Verisign and ICANN have set a new floor for annual
    domain name fees at 75 cents per name. The .COM
    Registrars should now be asking for that same
    thing to increase their margins for no additional

    Many people always claimed that annual domain
    name fees should be under $1. That is now the
    case. Consumers have watched the fees go from
    $50 to $35 to $6 and now $1. New competition has
    not been allowed in (yet), but ICANN and Verisign
    will be pointing to their accomplishments in
    terms of price-fixing.

    Some of the new.NET Registrars will of course
    plan to charge only $1 per .NET name per year.
    They can do that because of the other .NET
    services they will now be able to offer, that
    other Registrars can not offer. Many Registrars
    are .NET clueless and are happy with their
    drag-and-drool .COM .web market.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    by fnord (reversethis-{moc.oohay} {ta} {k2yorg}) on Friday April 22 2005, @12:26PM (#14965)
    User #2810 Info
    Perhaps some American (which is to say someone within the USA, I'm Canadian eh?) could explain why the good ol' stars and bars hates the UN (incl. ITU) so much. You invented and created it. Now it represents the world and you can't control it, so it must be dysfunctional, right. Hmmmm, sorta like ICANN. C'mon Yankees, you couldn't do any worse. -g
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    ALAC Was an Esther Dyson Invention - End of Story
    by Anonymous on Friday April 22 2005, @06:35PM (#14970)
    ALAC Was an Esther Dyson Invention - End of Story

    It is amazing how she was able to brain-wash people.
    Some have been de-programmed.
    Some can not be saved.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]
    Tensions Rising with Japan (IPv6) and China (IPv9)
    by Anonymous on Friday April 22 2005, @08:51PM (#14974)
    Tensions are rising between Japan and China.
    In an ironic twist, Japan has been sucked into
    the communist-socialist ISOC/ICANN IPv6 disaster.
    China, now sporting their new mantra of free
    markets, is gloating over their IPv9 being widely
    deployed in American homes, as they sleep. The
    U.S. Government and DOD finds themselves in the ISOC communist camp, while Americans are cheering
    China on.
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