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Username: Mario
Date/Time: Thu, November 30, 2000 at 4:32 PM GMT
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Subject: NSI Seems To Have A Solution For Everything!!!

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Just when you think the ccTLDs have a chance to flex their muscles and force ICANN to give them more representation, NSI comes along and considers purchasing such domain names.  Seems ICANN and NSI are certainly looking out for each other because they both realize just how real the threat of alternative root servers are in the not-so-distant future.  Provided below are excerpts, along with links, on two respective articles dealing with such issues.  Why is this message being posted here?  Well, the issue of At Large Membership may hopefully be MOOT!  Why even address this issue when the answer is quite obvious.  In my book, this public forum is simply a "Mopping Up" exercise strictly for PR damage control.  Too late!
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ccTLD'S AND A RECALCITRANT ICANN

If the country code registrars broke away, Icann would be left with the generic top level domains such as .com, .net and .org but its claim to represent the net at large would be in tatters

http://www.icbtollfree.com/article.cfm?articleId=4820
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Network Bolsters Domain Holdings With Dot-TV Domain

Internet addressing giant Network Solutions may consider buying a stake in other "boutique" Internet domains following its recent investment in ".tv," a Network Solutions spokesperson said today.

And while .tv is the first two-letter, country code top-level Internet domain (ccTLD) to gain prominence as a commercial alternative to the three-letter generic top-level domains (gTLDs) such as .com, it likely won't be the last, and Network Solutions executives are keeping their eyes peeled for other investment opportunities, Regan said.

Regan would not specify which domains Network Solutions was eyeing, but a handful of two-letter domains held by small countries are already being commercialized. Some of the ccTLDs viewed as viable alternatives to generic domains include .to (Tonga), .cc (Cocos Islands), .md (Moldova) and .nu (Niue).

http://www.newsbytes.com/news/00/158746.html