CIRA Suspends Participation in ICANN (and Payments!)
Date: Friday March 17 2006, @01:53PM
Topic: Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs)

The gauntlet is thrown. And by Canadians.

Until ICANN meets very minimal and reasonable demands for openness and accountability, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has said it will

  • Suspend its voluntary contribution of funds to ICANN;
  • Hold in trust CIRA’s voluntary contributions to ICANN;
  • Suspend consideration of any Accountability Framework;
  • Decline to host or be a major sponsor of any ICANN event; and
  • Cease chairing the ccNSO’s IANA Working Group.

This is a big deal.

This is a very big deal.

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by GeorgeK on Friday March 17 2006, @04:30PM (#16644)
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I am Canadian [] :)

It's nice to see CIRA demonstrating leadership. CIRA runs a fairly lean operation, too, with .ca costs FALLING to CAD $8.50 [] per domain-year (equivalent to roughly USD $7.34 at current exchange rates), with a registry of only 650,000 domain names. With .com having approximately 50 million domains, and the huge economies of scale inherent in running a registry, that gives you a sense of the monopoly profits VeriSign is earning per domain -- the current proposed settlement will actually make .com domains cost more at the registry level than .ca!
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O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!
by GeorgeK on Saturday March 18 2006, @10:58AM (#16646)
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How did you figure it out? Let's see, my nickname on ICANNWatch is "GeorgeK", and it links to my personal website, as do the signatures on various domain name forums, where I also participate under my real name. Good work, Sherlock! Maybe in your next post, you'll reveal to us more juicy "finds", perhaps you'll tell gentle readers you've discovered George Bush secretly resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Unlike VeriSign, domain registrants (and registrars) like myself operate in a highly competitive market -- similar to those who are real estate buyers, art buyers, or buyers in many other markets. We were not granted monopolies like VeriSign, or the local water or electrical utilities.

As for owning some nice domain names -- so what? Am I supposed to feel ashamed? Do you whine that P&G owns and has a "monopoly" on it, and is "porking" you if they decide to sell it? Do you bemoan the fact that Symantec sold "" for a large price recently, far above $6? They must have put a gun to that buyer's head, to fork over the bacon, or else! Or that Yahoo has parked? Does an owner of a Picasso painting "hoard" it, because they won't sell it to you for the costs of the canvas and paints?

In your Communist dreamworld, those like myself who have personal assets are evil, as they are "hoarding" things that you desire for free. Guess what, domains aren't the only items I'm "hoarding" -- I presume you won't be happy unless I give up my bank accounts, my computer, the land under my feet, my socks, and even my underwear! Workers of the world unite!

Here's a clue, Lenin --- the Revolution failed. VeriSign's not bad because they want "more" -- they should be opposed due to the means they wish to use, leveraging their special position as Registry. If they wanted to raise the price of SSL certificates, a competitive market, I and others wouldn't say a word. That's the difference, and that motivates all those who are opposed to VeriSign's unacceptable desires.

By the way, I only own a few hundred domains. There are many others who own thousands, and I'm sure they don't feel guilty about it, nor should they. They can shop 'til they drop in this capitalistic society, just as Donald Trump or a local business person is allowed to buy as much property that they can afford.

While I'm flattered to be the center of your universe, that you feel I am so important, even "famous" in your mind, I own less than 0.001% of all .com domains. Once you get over your domain-envy, there are 99.999% of the .coms out there, for you to try to acquire. Or you can register a brand new unregistered domain name, for under $15 at most registrars.
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