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    .COM Name Costs to Match Yellow Page Rates
    by Anonymous on Wednesday November 23 2005, @02:13PM (#16538)
    .COM Name Costs to Match Yellow Page Rates

    ICANN and Verisign are teaming up to be just one
    of many .COM Registries. They are raising the .COM
    rates, to pay for the added costs of competing
    with the "other" .COM Registries. [Think Yellow
    Pages and telcos and other countries.]

    The U.S. Government plans to try to prevent your
    .COM name from being used in other Yellow Pages,
    but, they can not prevent you from being charged
    IF you want to be listed in the other .COM
    servers. That is really not much different from
    paying to be listed in Google, and that money
    flows to Vinton Cerf the Chairman of ICANN.

    Some selected Registrars are being invited to
    be part of the coming cloning of the .COM servers.
    Again, your name will not be used by someone
    else if you do not pay, it will just not be
    listed. That is like not having a Yellow Page

    Walled Gardens plan to fund themselves partly
    from the .COM revenues. Again, that is not much
    different from Google funding projects from
    opt-in advertisers. As a Walled Garden provider,
    you can easily direct users to special pages
    that indicate that a .COM name is not listed.
    That does not mean it does not exist.

    One existing Walled Garden WIFI provider that
    plans to shoot for the Stars and make big Bucks
    already blocks many .COM names. They direct users
    to a web page that indicates that the .COM
    owner has been filtered for various reasons,
    including adult content and/or illegal sale of

    ICANN and Verisign are teaming up to be just one
    of many .COM Registries. ICANN Registrars just
    do not get it, at least the Registrars that have
    not been invited to be part of the new .COM
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