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    Re:ICANN Registrars Set to Demand Equal Share of .
    by Anonymous on Monday August 22 2005, @09:50AM (#16030)
    This is part of that "Security and Stability"
    mantra that ICANN likes to wave around. If a
    Registrar fails, the Master Registrar inherits
    the name.

    This is also partly driven from the concern that
    people and companies are asking the question,
    "Who really owns a .COM name?". This is one of
    the ICANN ways to muddy that water which they
    do not want explored very deeply. The ISOC
    insiders and academics will have one more
    buzzword to use to blow people off. When asked
    that question, they can describe the Registry,
    the Registrar and now the Master Registrar.
    At some point, the consumer's eyes glaze over
    and they go away and pay their fees to the ISOC.
    That is of course the bottom-line goal.

    Some of the issues emerging in this area are of
    course that the U.S. Department of Commerce
    really really does not want to architect and
    run the program. They want it to spring from
    that bottom-up ICANN system.

    Large Registrars are happy to back it, design
    it, and make it fly, if small Registrars are
    excluded. ICANN can have a field day hosting
    the debates about how many Master Registrars
    there can be, how the .COM names are divided,

    Another issue is of course the ever-present
    realization that new DNS technology does away
    with BOTH the Registry and some aspects of
    the Registrar role. People type their .COM
    name into their physical edge device and it
    auto-registers and becomes part of the registry
    and also adds more capacity to the registry
    by being willing to back-up foreign names,
    not local to the user's box. In that scenario,
    there is no single bank of disk drives at
    Verisign that hold the entire .COM database.
    Millions of edge devices create the database
    and back each other up. ICANN and Verisign
    of course do not like that approach unless they
    are in the revenue stream. There is no revenue
    stream, just packet streams.

    Small Registrars want to be the ones with the
    new DNS technology and use it to remove the
    need for Verisign (and ICANN). ICANN is working
    with the large Registrars that see the merits
    of preserving the artificial monopoly approach.
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    Re:ICANN Registrars Set to Demand Equal Share of .
    by Anonymous on Monday August 22 2005, @09:59AM (#16031)
    Master Registrars have to be based in the U.S.
    and be public companies.

    Note the various Registrars re-positioning to
    meet this requirement.

    When you buy stock in that Registrar, you are
    partly buying ownership of their share of the
    .COM name-space.
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