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    Re: Afilias buys LibertyRMS
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday March 26 2002, @12:52PM (#5564)
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    Here's how the Register UK tells it. Afilias had...
    given Tucows an exclusive two-year contract to run and manage its gTLD services.

    Tucows said that this business, called Liberty Registry Management Services, had failed to meet sales volumes anticipated when the company put the "infrastructure in place to meet the original objectives submitted to ICANN. These unexpected lower volumes pushed our profitability point beyond the first renewal cycle".

    Afilias has fallen considerably short of its objectives. See Table 1 following the pie charts here. While that estimation was based on them being awarded .web (the non-award of .web to anyone else doesn't leave that as much of an excuse for failure), they are well behind their targets. After 8 months they probably have less than 800,000 registrations, far less than even the conservative estimate in their business plan. The business plan that passed the scrutiny of Arthur Andersen and ICANN staff with flying colors. Need I say more? -g
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    Re: Afilias buys LibertyRMS
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday March 27 2002, @04:34PM (#5604)
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    Coverage from newsbytes gives Afilias Chief Marketing Officer Roland LaPlante's version of the purchase:
    Now that we have a solid revenue stream, and a well established top level domain, (the deal) really sets us up to be a registry powerhouse.
    A solid revenue stream? Elsewhere in the article they confirm the under 800,000 registration figure I'd already mentioned. A well established top level domain? How many .info sites have you been to lately? Heard/seen advertised? Even those .info registrants who are trying to promote .info sites list less than 2,000 (with some of those near-duplicates of each other). That number is dwarfed by those that redirect to (or cough up content that is available elsewhere from) other TLDs, or that number held by speculators or which are defensive registrations against speculators (such names in either case not being used). That doesn't leave much to make .info well established. LaPlante is clearly from the ICANN school of spin doctoring. IOW, if you want the truth, turn each statement on its head. -g
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    Re: Afilias buys LibertyRMS
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday March 26 2002, @07:41PM (#5571)
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    Ya, I was one of those who mentioned it at the time. The market was already going away. I don't think IOD would have done much better in terms of total registrations, but their pricing structure (which ICANN experts considered too high), might have stood them in better stead.

    And one might ask, cui bono? As you point out, and as with just about everything ICANN touches, the answer is Veri$ign. Funny how that happens. -g

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