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    Was referring only to initial Netsol opening of C/
    by BenEdelman on Friday September 27 2002, @09:56AM (#9436)
    User #3219 Info | http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/edelman
    I meant only to respond to dtobias's "then Network Solutions (the monopoly registrar and registry at the time) dropped the ball" -- referring to an action that took place shortly after Network Solutions got the contract to administer C/N/O. This is long before the registry-registrar split; according to http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/pressbriefings/icann/briefingbook/timeline.html , NSI first took over C/N/O in 1991, while registrar competition didn't take place until 1999. Sorry this wasn't clear in my first message.

    I agree that it might be tough to do enforcement within the $6 registry fee. (Though I tend to think that sensible automated systems could help quite a lot here, making the task manageable.) But the fact is that the current registry operators were awarded these registries under representations that, I gather, suggested or promised that they could do the work described in their respective proposals, at the price presented in their respective proposals. TLD applicants who offered fewer restrictions might have been shunned by certain constituencies (certainly the IPC might be expected to call for serious enforcement efforts, for example), while those who asked for a higher fee would also have found themselves unpopular. If these registry operators got the contract precisely thanks to promising the moon -- and note the "if" (reflecting that I'm not prepared to conclude that as yet!) -- it seems odd to me to let them off the proverbial hook (of doing what was promised) while letting them keep the TLDs respectively granted.
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    Was referring only to initial Netsol opening of C/ by BenEdelman
    Re: Was referring only to initial Netsol opening o
    by Anonymous on Friday September 27 2002, @10:08AM (#9438)
    Ben, I completely agree. I guess my point is simply that people evaluated the applications based upon what was submitted and then awarded accordingly. I just want to enforce the point that where the registry operator may be deemed at fault today, the application had to be accepted as viable. Cost of operations is one important measure of viability. ICANN's expertise to evaluate (based upon analyzing business cost structures) must come into question as then does ICANN's scope where new TLD evaluation is concerned.

    By the way, I think the 6 - $29 split long pre-dates 1999 and I believe is actually part of the whole NSF transformation.

    Ray
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