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?