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    Highlights of the ICANNWatch Archive
    (June 1999 - March 2001)

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    .COM / .NET / .ORG
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Friday September 27 2002, @06:55AM (#9426)
    User #2967 Info | http://domains.dan.info/
    When .COM, .NET, and .ORG started, they could be described as "open and chartered"; while registrations were open to the public (not tightly controlled like .GOV and .MIL), there were intended purposes documented in RFC 1591 that the registry/registrar was expected to enforce -- in the early days, many attempted registrations got rejected due to their applicant not being the proper sort of entity (I can recall an attempt on my own part to register a .NET domain on the behalf of a client that was turned down because they weren't a network infrastructure provider). But then Network Solutions (the monopoly registrar and registry at the time) dropped the ball and stopped even trying to enforce these rules, and the free-for-all began.
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    Re: .COM / .NET / .ORG
    by Anonymous on Friday September 27 2002, @07:28AM (#9428)
    "and the free-for-all began."

    I do not know that I would call it a free-for-all. There was a ton of demand for domain names from the market place between '97 and '99 and the USG had no mechanism in place to allow new entry but did cap wholesale pricing at $6 based upon some magical, top secret formula I have not seen. My guess is that costs of policing just were not part of this formula that determined the price cap...so NSI dropped it all together (and then sells for $15B+).

    Then, the USG creates a new entity to allow entry into the TLD spectrum and - though not formally stated as a regulatory price fixing scheme - this entity limits new TLD's to those at $6 or less. Now, Ben comes along and says that the new, restrictive registries are not policing its registrations at the second level. Well, at the price cap of $6, NSI said as much 2 years earlier.

    What does this say about the qualifications of ICANN to admit new TLD's where factors outside of those that are technical in nature are considered to be within its scope?


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    Netsol's decision arguably profit-driven
    by edelman@law.harvard. on Friday September 27 2002, @07:41AM (#9430)
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    I tend to tell the story somewhat differently. Once Netsol was receiving $35/domain, I gather they no longer cared to enforce registration restrictions. This stands to reason, of course -- more registrations yield more revenue and more profits. And that's arguably not unlikely what we now see in .NAME etc.

    As I recall the chronology, first Netsol started getting paid per name registered (rather than a fixed fee per year), then dropped the registration restrictions. I'll definitely fact-check that, though!
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