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    Re: Early Autumn? Pre-ICANN .BIZ dumped by one alt
    by Anonymous on Sunday September 15 2002, @05:09PM (#9244)
    Your comment about the motivation of Pacroot and ARNI is partially correct.

    Pacroot was getting a lot of flak from ISPs who were potential converts to the Inclusive Namespace. Both Pacroot and one of their large registrars were feverishly trying to convince ISPs to switch and the deal-killer was always that they (the ISPs) did not want to deny their customers the ability to access the ICANN version of .BIZ. This is the "900lb gorilla syndrom" and you can bet that ICANN selected .BIZ for exactly that reason. Pacroot has a point - they needed to make a decision and it was understandable. There was no way to win the battle after this point.

    The reason that ADNS/ARNI decided as they did was not only because of the truth of what Pacroot was saying, but also because, in the end, it was STARTLING how MANY potential ISPs would switch if only this one problem would go away. There would be a potential double-digit percentage increase in INS usage overnight. Potential gains like that cannot be allowed to slip away.

    So, .BIZ was sacrificed for the greater good, so to speak. The .BIZ battle was lost but it may help INS win the war of visibility.

    As per the letter to the registrants, they have an opportunity to switch to another TLD, and neither ADNS nor ARNI will switch off .BIZ until it is empty because we have an obligation to our registrants and we wont break that promise. Neither company, however, has any control over what the root networks do, and we had to be honest with our customers about those facts.

    It is however, also in keeping with the desire to work towards our customer's best interest, that we lay out the truth before them and advise them on which direction they should take. The goal is to increase the use of the INS which in turn makes true namespace competition more possible and benefits everyone.

    Please note the contrast between this and ICANNs actions.

    John Palmer
    President/CEO
    AGN Domain Name Service, Inc
    www.adns.net
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