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    Re: 630,000 Users Can't Be Wrong
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Tuesday January 22 2002, @09:32PM (#4707)
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    An advertising firm wants and fights hard for mediaone.net? LOL! Remind me not to hire them for any auditory ad campaigns. Errr, was that media1.net or mediawon.net or mediaonenet.com or...?

    Anyway, the WHOIS figures in this in another important respect. If I desire presently registered domain names that may expire, I mine WHOIS looking for *@mediaone.net contacts. After their email starts bouncing there will be a lot of folks unaware their registrations are expiring so their domain names are more likely to subsequently become available than a random sampling.

    With the continuing failure of email providers (EG: @HOME) for any number of reasons, this is a great opportunity for those who snap up expiring names (EG: see my XXX-piring namespace submission). The $napNames/Veri$ign WLS, and SFAICT all other, proposals do nothing to address this issue. We'll see (eventually, one presumes) what ICANN makes of the fuzzy moral-right claims of those having their domain names dropjacked, if I may coin a term. -g

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    Re: 630,000 Users Can't Be Wrong
    by isdnip on Wednesday January 30 2002, @03:15PM (#4768)
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    I don't think ATT-B is telling the whole story here.

    I'm a MediaOne/AT&T subscriber and have been told that my .mediaone.net addresses are going away. But did AT&T even try to preserve them? Did they put up a realistic fight? There's no record, is there?

    My suspicion is that they just use this as an excuse. There are many overlapping trademarks out there. Digital.com was a computer company when digital.net was a Florda ISP. Biostar.com does biological testing; biostar.net makes motherboards. Diningout.com and dining-out.com are competitors. So the other "media one", whomever they might be, could use some other domain that sounds the same. AT&T-B, I suspect, just wanted to screw the mediaone users the same way the @home users were screwed, with some kind of cockamamie notion that having peoples' mail in the attbi domain is better advertising for them than having them use the obsolete mediaone brand name.

    AT&T-B is in the process of being sold to Comcast. Will the .attbi.com addresses remain, or will Comcast decide to change them again? This creates a real demand for third-party redirection services and mail services, so that users won't have to change twice!

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