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    Re: Thoughts on those Empty Seats
    by Anonymous on Tuesday November 05 2002, @06:53AM (#9994)
    "They (first round applicants) certainly should not have expected a fair process to turn out as it did."

    We are mostly saying the same thing, I believe. But evaluation subjectivity - which certainly is a double edged sword - was clearly a determinable parameter upfront. Some interested parties chose to participate under these conditions and some did not (and we do not know how many the latter group consists of). To put another way, I do not know how a first round applicant could possibly have known with any degree of certainty that they would "get one". It was literally a crapshoot with a window of about 60 days to make pivotal decisions within the completed app. When you factor in time for legal, accounting, market research, multiple entities formiing JV's, I do not know how 44 applicants were able to accomplish the feat by the filiing deadline. It had to be a round-the-clock affair for each.

    Conspiracy theories aside for a minute, it was impossible for a first round applicant to determine that their application would gain entry (or Board consensus) and this was a determinable condition for the very existence of the first round. Without this condition, the first round would not have existed at all and is indeed the compromise for the fact that it did. To me, this is the same as saying an applicant had, upfront, more reason than not to believe their application would be unsuccessful. The primary unknown variable was how many parties would apply. It is reasonable to say that each applicant formally filed because they made the "guess" that their would be far less than 43 others and likely closer to the "7 - 10" mandate.

    In the end, 44 applicants produced the "much needed" reserves ICANN can claim today but resulted in subjectivity being the primary tool of evaluation of the first round applicants. Whatever hope there was for "objectivity" - given such objective criteria was never provided upfront - went completely out the window when 44 showed up to the party. It is reasonable to suggest that some parties were able to predict this outcome and accordingly chose to pass - we just do not know how many interested parties this is and we won't until clear, concise criteria is provided by ICANN along with a measured process of entry rather than the "7 - 10", all or nothing approach. Just my opinion.

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