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Username: Equity
Date/Time: Sat, October 30, 1999 at 12:47 AM GMT (Fri, October 29, 1999 at 5:47 PM PDT)
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Subject: Apply MCI's Positions Back on MCI


MCI makes two basic points: that DNS service providers should pay essentially all of ICANN's costs, and that these providers' customer bases by some unexplained convolution should be expropriated as "public property."

What this ignores is that a substantial portion of ICANN's work involves the coordination of IP addresses - which MCI acquired substantially from several hundred million dollars worth of government contracts - and for which it gets a free ride in ICANN as the largest user of IP addresses.  Increasingly much of ICANN's work will also involve evolving all these arrangement to the significant benefit of MCI.  By any measure, it is MCI that should be paying the preponderance ICANN's budget.

Lastly, if DNS service providers' customer databases are to be expropriated as public property, so should MCI's - considering how much of its Internet business was build off of US government largesse.  Other ISPs should have access to all those MCI customer records as well.


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