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    Re: ICANN GA Chair Calls For Discussion of TLD 'Na
    by DNSGA (icannwatch@dnsga.org) on Thursday April 12 2001, @01:42PM (#519)
    User #2791 Info | http://dnsga.org

    The DNSGA this week has attempted to determine its position regarding the matter of domain names being offered to consumers that represent the alternate root community. The DNSGA has not yet decided where it stands on this matter.

    The alternate root community appears to now threaten the stability of the DNS. This coupled with the average consumer not understanding the technical side of the DNS, and the confusion average consumers experience when registering a domain name through Registrars that compare alternative root TLDs to be at par with .com TLDs.

    It appears clear now that alternative root TLDs are not at par with .com TLDs and Registrars suggesting otherwise through marketing strategies may be considered engaged in false and misleading advertising, or deceptive advertising, by the FTC.

    By the way, the FTC appears to have begun its process of obtaining jurisdiction over the domain name industry and in defining TLDs through it consumer alert: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/domainalrt.htm

    The threat the alternate root community proposes to the .com TLDs is one that ICANN may be using to persuade ccTLDs, GAC and DOC to accept ICANN proposed agreements. In other word, ICANN may want the alternate root community threat as leverage for the advancement of its processes.

    The threat the alternate root community proposes appears to undermine the stability of the DNS and it probably is not realistic to believe that ICANN will reverse its approval of the .biz Registry, especially when ICANN believes it has government on its side.

    Where are the public comments from alternate root community representatives that describe their cure for the predictable chaos on the horizon? Have representatives from the alternate root community addressed the collision matter or is it that there will be an alternate root on every corner, in every country? If so, how will all of this work?

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    Re: ICANN GA Chair Calls For Discussion of TLD 'Na
    by hta on Sunday April 15 2001, @02:54AM (#531)
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    One rational outcome of discussion is to decide that the collision between the PacificRoot ".biz" and the to-be-added ICANN ".biz" is PacificRoot's problem.
    Danny Younger is right to say that it is an issue that needs discussion, but the outcome is by no means certain.
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    Re: ICANN GA Chair Calls For Discussion of TLD 'Na
    by Anonymous on Sunday April 15 2001, @07:14PM (#533)
    Let's distinguish a some issues:

    1. A TLD by its mere existance causes neither chaos nor confusion. There may be representations made by sellers or assumptions made by consumers, but these are a distinct set of issues. The fact that there may be laws in various states or countries to address such situations is a strong indication that this is something well beyond ICANN's role as a "technical" coordinator.

    2. The existance of contested TLD strings will occur on some smaller or larger scale. It is in everyone's interest to ensure that DNS as a system does not crumble as a result. So far no one has been able to demonstrate that such fears have more substance than Chicken Little's fears about the sky falling.

    3. ICANN is not an institution that is equipped to decide, nor is it chartered to decide, between competing contestants for a TLD string.

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    Re: ICANN GA Chair Calls For Discussion of TLD 'Na
    by Anonymous on Wednesday April 18 2001, @01:02PM (#541)
    "Correction (23:30 EDT): I'm told that, technically, the Names Council has not yet approved the GA's selection of a Chair - it seems that the meeting which voted to do so on April 10 was inquorate. So another ballot will have to be held..."

    What is inquorate?

    (Uh, I know what word you meant to type!)
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