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    Re: U.S. Commerce Department renews ICANN MoU for
    by Anonymous on Friday September 20 2002, @05:27AM (#9290)
    There's really little of anything new and substantive. Am I alone here (especially after reading DoC's "accompanying statement")? Really, how much can ICANN accomplish in one year, when you take into account vacations, weeks of time spent on planning and traveling to Ghana, China, etc., just to hold a few hours worth of meetings.

    It's a show folks, little more.

    Hans & company just got another free pass for a year. What the DoC is requiring of ICANN seems to be little more than what ICANN already does (or is supposed to do).

    The part about adding new TLDs reads well, but when you think about it, the minimum criteria set for new registries will probably be based on Verisign/Neulevel - sized models, virtually eliminating
    small players, like IOD. After all, "stability" is more important than not shafting the customer, right? I think we all shot ourselves in the foot demanding "minimum criteria" for new registries.

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    Re: U.S. Commerce Department renews ICANN MoU for
    by Anonymous on Friday September 20 2002, @07:33AM (#9294)
    "I think we all shot ourselves in the foot demanding "minimum criteria" for new registries."

    you have to have a base line to draw from. A starting point, if you will. Then meaningful debate can begin towards consensus and removal of subjectivity. Up to now, ICANN has successfully avoided this where "minimum criteria" is concerned. It should have articulated this for discussion 3 years ago. Whether (or how) it will continue to avoid doing so is the question to me. But little surprises me anymore.

    Ray
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    Re: U.S. Commerce Department renews ICANN MoU for
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Friday September 20 2002, @08:21AM (#9297)
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    Anon writes:
    the minimum criteria set for new registries will probably be based on Verisign/Neulevel - sized models, virtually eliminating small players, like IOD.
    Au contraire. From M. Stuart Lynn's statements (which he made long ago supposedly speaking for the committee which ultimately said that it wasn't making any such determinations), and from the multiple and continuing pratfalls of Verisign/Neulevel - sized models, I suspect that what we will see (if any at all) are sponsored-restricted models like .aero and .museum. This lack of new competition (the opposite of what the old and new MoU supposedly require) allows ICANN's Verisign/Neulevel - sized models a better chance of survival (and note they're the first choices to get .org) as a USG protected, and created, cartel. And it still virtually eliminates IOD. -g
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    Re: U.S. Commerce Department renews ICANN MoU for
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Friday September 20 2002, @09:30AM (#9301)
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    The last I read their financial reports, IOD could muster the same level of financing that Neulevel and Afilias put into their registries, combined.

    Seems to me that money isn't the issue there.

    ++Peter
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    Re: U.S. Commerce Department renews ICANN MoU for
    by Anonymous on Sunday September 22 2002, @05:15AM (#9323)
    There's an old adage: a leopard doesn't change it's spots.
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    Re: U.S. Commerce Department renews ICANN MoU for
    by Anonymous on Sunday September 22 2002, @05:40AM (#9324)
    IMHO, another "act with impunity" rubber stamp of approval. Quite a bit of reform at ICANN to deserve it, like...the new tld selection and rollout, open records for directors and the responsiveness to constituents questions of which Richard Henderson can attest to.
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