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    Re: Afilias buys LibertyRMS
    by Anonymous on Tuesday March 26 2002, @05:52PM (#5570)
    it gets even a little better. The Verisign registRAR business has accumulated about 187,000 .biz and .info registrations as of February 2002. This amounts to a gross margin for Verisign in the amount of about $4M that rivals the actual revenues of each of the two new registries.

    So, what we have here is a pricing structure where the spread between wholesale and retail rewards the dominant industry player and does not provide the respective registry operator the necessary financial resources to support their costs of infrastucture and support (we won't even mention marketing, that other ICANN applicant requirement).

    The party line today from 1) the wise management team members that first submitted and 2) those experts that then approved these sound financial models is that economic conditions have adversely influenced results. This is false. These results were obvious at the 90% confidence level in November 2000 as they are today and it did not go unmentioned, just ignored.
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    Re: Afilias buys LibertyRMS
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Wednesday March 27 2002, @03:34PM (#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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