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    Re: Republican Senators Express Concern Over Renew
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Friday August 02 2002, @08:56AM (#8317)
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    Michael, your observation is spot on. This wouldn't be nearly the problem it is if there were more competition.

    After reading the new TLD evaluation taskforce's latest stream of consciousness, it appears to me that 2006 is the earliest that ICANN will even give the matter thought.

    That needs to change.

    ++Peter
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    My own take
    by lextext on Friday August 02 2002, @10:05AM (#8320)
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    I have a hard time with that letter. Here's what I wrote on my weblog.
    -- Bret
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    Re: Republican Senators Express Concern Over Renew
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Friday August 02 2002, @12:13PM (#8330)
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    The registrar community itself could come up with a self-regulatory model. While there have been some moves in that area, that is likely well into the future if the past is any example. In lieu of that, ICANN should define just what it means by registrar accreditation. Are they accrediting only the technical competence (or even the technical competence, given the lowest competence level is very low), or are they also accrediting based on business practices? If they are, they should be very specific and open about where and how much, and the why of it wouldn't hurt either. It would then fall to governments and courts to regulate the remainder. Even that isn't perfect, ICANN has its UDRP and it is sometimes in collision with courts and laws. I'd prefer a minimalist model for ICANN, that they keep to technical competence questions, if that, and let courts and laws sort out the rest.

    Right now we have a situation where no-one is doing it, the governments leave it to ICANN, ICANN either doesn't do it or does it badly. It will be messy and probably inconsistent, but each registrar is based within the reach of some law(s) and some government(s), and there are registrants all over the globe. Go after a rogue registrar or two and see how quickly the rest wise up. Organized registrants could do this better and pick an optimal situation and location to send a message, or a series of them. If they fail to organize, or even to act individually in their respective countries, they must themselves share the blame. I do, however, think that ICANN should work to have some minimal standards in place to deal with questionable business practices.

    For example, it seems strange to talk about ICANN regulating prices, what do you think the prices of the best .info and .biz names that the registrars snagged for themselves will be when they sell them? -g

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    Re: Republican Senators Express Concern Over Renew
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Saturday August 03 2002, @08:54AM (#8345)
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    Allow me to paraphrase for Rick:

    I'm tired of being the patsy and having people laugh at me. I'm going to make as much money off of this mess as I can. If you don't like it, please play with yourself on a bus.

    ++Peter
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    Re: Republican Senators Express Concern Over Renew
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Saturday August 03 2002, @11:43AM (#8347)
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    All together now:

    You can't get anything for free
    At Alice's Registry

    You'd have to know the song. Sorry Rick, couldn't resist. ;) -g

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