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    Re: Public Confusion About TLDs Won't Solve Anyth
    by Anonymous on Thursday August 15 2002, @04:13AM (#8491)

    More TLDs = public confusion about TLDs. I find that the public at large (not related to ICANN At Large) knows almost zero about the new TLDs, and mention "country code TLD" and you can see the question marks above their heads.

    I maintain that if you release dozens or hundreds of new TLDs, within a short period of time, consumers will simply go back to their phonebook yellow pages to find products and services. Parents will just throw their kid's computer out the window, not knowing which TLDs to block, which to allow, etc.

    To a degree, alternative root TLDs and systems like Name.space and New.net cause confusion, even now. Not because they are difficult systems, but because they are merely there, contributing to the confusion. Adding numerous ICANN-approved TLDs to the USG root would cause enormous confusion, and perhaps drive some registries and registrars out of business. No, chances are the assholes like Verisign won't be driven out of business, but smaller upstart registries may be unable to service their TLD(s). You might say here: "Let the market decide who stays in business." Well, that sounds fine, but even now, registrars and registries get away with murder, and I doubt a failing registrar or registry would properly take care of their customers, without some sort of agressive oversight, which currently does not exist.
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    Re: .US Registry Deleting Domain Names Retroactive
    by fnord ({groy2k} {at} {yahoo.com}) on Thursday August 15 2002, @07:29AM (#8501)
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    It seems likely the policy was encouraged by the government, from the link given above to .us policy, it states in part:
    We regret this late notice, but this policy has been developed in direct consultation with the U.S. Department of Commerce in a very short timeframe.
    While it was short notice, registrants were (or reasonably should have been) aware that they could subsequently lose their domain names. I do think this is even wonkier and less fair than NetSol's former practice of pre-screening out all such strings. -g
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