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    Re: New TLDs and the Berkman Report
    by RFassett on Tuesday July 30 2002, @05:24AM (#8216)
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    ok....where you cite potential risk of instability is what I call "stop energy". Let's also consider that one would expect ICANN, as it should, put in place a technical barrier to entry - fully defined and not an immaterial investment by any means - for TLD applicants to abide by. This will limit the rush of new applicants or influence an orderly influx. The key is that once a process of new TLD's is in place (where everyone knows that new ones are coming every other month), the scarcity aspect predominating this space goes away. It is not like all 100 need to be admitted to the root at once...just the fact they will be.

    It is also logical that prospective TLD applicants willing to make such an infrastructure investment will do their homework in justifying the market opportunity vs. the investment. Some might fail in actual operation but this is far different than suggesting the Internet will become unstable. Half of the Internet traffic travels on what is now a company that has filed bankruptcy. No one is screaming instability. For all practical purposes, only the .com registry would be a like kind example specific to the addressing space. And this is a highly unlikely occurrence unless the direct result of poor management that has little to do with new TLD's (given the headstart luxury .com has had).

    Lastly, there is an assumption to be made that the ability to capture a short, memorable address would influence the greater majority to participate by way of second level registrations given this majority does not have to learn the intracate details of how to obtain one at a specific point in time. In other words, register it when they need it...not held hostage to a "point in time" requiring ridiculously in depth knowledge of undocumented processes. Right now, this does not exist for the community as a whole and that is what Ben's research ignores.

    There is no research data that I have seen that suggests the registrant of freemovietheatertickets.com would not prefer freetickets.movie given this registrant had the opportunity to register it (or one very similar) when they felt like it. I have not seen any data that suggests non registrants would not be more influenced to register a short, memorable address given they could when they felt like it. This environment does not exist to draw data from other than perhaps dating back to the mid 90's. And we know what the answer is here (the speculator phenomenon really did not take hold until about 1998-99. Since then, we have had nothing but "stop energy" to the very same target market that existed between 1992 - 1998).
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    Re: New TLDs and the Berkman Report by RFassett
    Re: New TLDs and the Berkman Report
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday July 30 2002, @08:17AM (#8222)
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    Regarding 'stop energy' I do think that if we're going to have dozens or hundreds of new registries out there, we should at least stop and think about it. I can see that being destabilizing if you have registries failing, lack of proper data escrow, and/or no credible registry willing to take the failing one over. WorldCom is not the best example, we still don't know how that will turn out. Take a look at the failure of KPNQwest. That has caused problems for a number of ccTLDs. WorldCom hasn't actually failed, yet.

    I do like your idea of new TLDs coming online in more serial fashion, perhaps 9 per month for 99 per year, and think that might lessen some of the problems. But I still don't think you've addressed my point, and your suggestion doesn't solve it, that this will likely only result in folks simply moving up in notches, still chasing speculators and trademark interests. -g

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