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    Re: VeriSign Registrars Nix ICANN Budget
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Monday June 24 2002, @09:26AM (#7422)
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    Tut tut. Perhaps if ICANN had worked harder at their assigned task of fostering competition (and less on mission creep unassigned tasks) they wouldn't now find themselves in this pickle. If ICANN gives Veri$ign their WL$ perhaps they'll become more reasonable. -g
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    Re: VeriSign Registrars Nix ICANN Budget
    by RFassett on Monday June 24 2002, @03:02PM (#7431)
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    It was really quite appalling to hear the ICANNese at the Congressional hearings about its accomplishment of "competition".

    Let's just look at the record:

    1) Verisign retains registry and registrar
    2) Verisign registrar able to retain/acquire 75% market share.
    3) As a result of #2, they can withhold funding
    4) New TLD's have launched where Verisign takes in more aggregate revenue than any single new registry.
    5) ICANN launches new TLD's but can not continue because they never built in a way to evaluate what they created (that ambiguous moving target ICANN just terms as stability).
    6) ICANN chooses poor registry business models at a time when it was very apparant the "lose money today for market share tomorrow" approach was at an end. .Pro was able to renegotiate this but still has yet to launch. By and large, the new registries can not compete against the dominant player due to poor business models.
    7) Second level speculation runs rampant with both biz, info and name because nothing else is in the pipeline or will be for the foreseeable future. (see #5)
    8) The registrars pound on eachother with guerilla tactics because new inventory necessary for them to all exist at the rate this sector was allowed to expand did not happen (it's obvious now there was not even a plan).

    I have nothing against domain speculation and nothing against Verisign. If they wanted to leave the space as a monopoly, that's one thing. Instead, ICANN started down a path of "competition" and produced a half baked pie that does not taste very good and is of benefit to few. Natural market conditions do not exist to finish the job and ICANN has no plan in place to do so which is the worst offense of all. The Reform Proposal is a plan of strategic shift (or hopeful thinking). The NTEPPTF report offers nothing more than conjencture of what to do now. ICANN today has absolutely no idea how to finish what they started yet had no problem testifying "competition" as an accomplishment. Not by a longshot and really quite an appalling claim, in my own opinion. They have created a competitive mess and all indications are that they are quite content to leave it as such.

    Anyone that is paying attention can see that Verisign, over the past few months, is taking the gloves off (watching 90% of their market cap evaporate can cause such things). As a result, it is not unrealistic for ICANN to expect what can happen when the dominant player is still by far the domainat player with no plan in place to address. We'll see if ICANN finds out what its definition of competition really is, reform proposal or no reform proposal. The title of this thread might be a bit of foreshadowing.
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