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    A@L Clarification
    by AmericaAtLarge on Wednesday May 04 2005, @11:58AM (#15084)
    User #4126 Info | http://americeatlarge.org/
    Thank you all for your important input.

    Please let me assure you that this is not a hoax, we (A@L) have applied for and are still awaiting ALS status from ICANN.

    We are doing this to represent YOU, the Internet users through a legitimate portal of exchange. You input is truly appreciated.

    The webmaster mentions that things with our organization seem fuzzy (ie: DNS Registration, the site doesn't resolve, etc), and this is a valid concern. Our transparency, expecially during the application process is purposeful. I personally own several hundred domain names and am bombarded with messages from all arenas, since the information is publicly available. I also like to protect my personal privacy. Also, I don't want to jepordize the status of our application, so I have not yet provided input to ICANN or performed any other functions because we are still waiting and waiting... and waiting.

    On the subject above, I would like to state a concern of mine, and you (the reader) may be able to provide more input. I did my MBA thesis based upon this organization, which means I studied all other organizations that have been certified as an ALS structure. So, some interesting points arise:

    - there seems to be little overall interest in this porcess from the community at-large.

    - of the 2 organizations that have applied for ALS status in North America, both are located in Honolulu. Although it would probably be more productive, there is no collusion between these 2 organizations. My hope is that when we both become certified, we can have a nice party and introduce ourselves. I have, however, met one member of the other organization on several occasions.

    - out of all other organizations who applied, only 1 organization was denied certification, presumably because of an incomplete application.

    - out of all other organizations who applied, only the North America organizations have had to wait for due dilligence for 12 months.

    - lawyers seem to be the only people interested in domain name issues, seemingly to collude and bully for their own gain.

    Thank you all for your interest! I will be attending the Domain Round Table at my own expense in hopes that I can speed our decision from ICANN and meet others who share concerns for our society.

    - Randy Glass
    Executive Director, A@L
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