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    Re: Are Multiple Roots Outside the Scope of ICANN?
    by 300baud (service at evesnetwork dot com) on Monday June 11 2001, @12:11AM (#805)
    User #2869 Info | http://www.evesnetwork.com

    >>Idealism and freedom are not dead on the Internet.

    >Either you are utterly fooled or you are a very cold-hearted businessperson.

    Fooled? perhaps indeed...

    Is open market greed better than forced monopolistic greed? IMHO, yes.

    ICANN should either have competition, or stick to being a technical standards organization with no economic interests and acting on the public behalf.

    The more I learn, the more I am starting to be of the opinion that ICANN isn't at fault. Suprised?

    The domain system was headed downhill before ICANN even came into existence. From what I understand, the two players were DOC and NSI.

    My guess is DOC was taking heat for feeding NSI's monopoly and/or was encouraged to stir growth in the system. I have no clue who pulls DOC's strings, but the result was ICANN.

    Now ICANN is clearly favoring big business and doing it's best to establish and maintain itself as highest level of control on the Internet.

    The public has no voice, or if we do, they aren't listening anyway. So who DOES have the voice?

    IMHO: it's DOC. It smells to me like ICANN is a DOC puppet acting on what DOC feels is good for corporate america.

    Regardless of who's driving, someone has been ignoring what would be good for the average user.

    (my opinions)

    1. Dot com should have never been allowed to become the only desireable gTLD.
    2. We needed more gTLDs five years ago.
    3. There should be enough gTLDs to make domain speculation unprofitable.
    4. Ownership of a domain with proof of registered trademark should be undisputable except by court of law.
    5. Proof of registered trademark should be the only grounds for disputing a domain not classified as undisputable by #4.
    6. Domain hoarding should be regulated. If United Airlines buys up all the united dot somethings, United Van Lines, also with a registered "United" trademark should be able to dispute and have one (most likely the least desirable as determined by the airlines) released in its favor.

    If there were clear rules, fair enforcement, and a competitive open market TLD system, I don't think we would have 90% of the mess that exists today.

    ... an idealistic fool (guilty as charged)

    icannwatch: pardon my rant & TY for letting me voice my opinions.
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