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    Re: Registrations in Open ccTLDs
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday July 23 2002, @05:22AM (#8025)
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    I mostly agree with what you're saying. I don't think it can be said no-one else is doing any research, SnapNames crunches a lot of numbers for example, and it is telling that they are involved in the proposed WLS. The numbers tell them that expiring domains which have been previously used are where the money is. That is where much of the speculator and defensive registration money is going, not to faux gTLDs which are unlikely to receive any meaningful traffic. Better to grab the traffic that is already there as existing names expire. And it mostly isn't the unused expiring names that are being grabbed when they drop, I expect the total number of .com registrations to continue to drop fairly steeply for some time. Others may also do research and choose to keep it quiet to maintain a competitive position. SnapNames now releases less data than they used to.

    I agree that ICANN has largely closed the gate. Now that the introduction of the new gTLDs, to say nothing of scores of ccTLDs, have been entered into the root and marketed in various ways and used for various purposes with no loss of internet stability, I do think ICANN could allow many of the 35 or so applicants turned down in November 2000 to have a go, many of those applicants were for restricted or other special purpose gTLDs anyway, and I don't think a few more open gTLDs would greatly increase the confusion. New entities should also be allowed to apply for open gTLDs if anyone interested can be found. If they've done their research I don't think anyone would bother in today's climate and I don't think that climate will change. I think the published research to date says quite clearly that there isn't much real demand for still more open undifferentiated gTLDs. -g

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    Re: Registrations in Open ccTLDs by fnord
    Re: Registrations in Open ccTLDs
    by RFassett on Tuesday July 23 2002, @06:03AM (#8029)
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    "If they've done their research I don't think anyone would bother in today's climate and I don't think that climate will change. I think the published research to date says quite clearly that there isn't much real demand for still more open undifferentiated gTLDs."

    This may be true. But I will trust the workings of normal and competitive market place conditions over a centralized, artificially dictated, market place (no inbetween or fence riding). If .ca can exist, so can .foo be allowed. The results of the status quo approach to new TLD's has been well documented - much of which is now the very same "published research" that conveniently ignores the artificial realities that have produced the data "results". You offer great comments, as usual.
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