Re: [alac] ALAC position on VRSN settlement?
- To: "Bret Fausett" <bfausett@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [alac] ALAC position on VRSN settlement?
- From: "John R Levine" <johnl@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: 27 Nov 2005 19:18:32 -0500
> price. From comments, it seems that some members of Staff and the Board
> believe that market forces will keep the price in check.
Jeez, it's like they've been drinking neocon kool-aid. Turning a lightly
regulated de facto monopoly into an unregulated one is not exactly a step
toward competition, particularly with the new TLD process stuck somewhere
between first gear and reverse.
> I could be wrong, but I'd be more persuaded by a report from an
> economist or something than I am by the mere reliance on the words
> "market forces."
I'm not an economist but I played one as an undergraduate, and it's clear
to me merely from counting registrations that BIZ and INFO are no
substitute for COM. Increasing the price of COM may drive a few people
to other domains, but $1 INFO and free BE domains don't seem to have made
any inroads into COM.
I agree, I'd like the board to spend a few bucks on analyses by an
economist and a lawyer (probably both academics) who can see the big
picture and don't have an interest in the outcome. As I said before, I
don't fault the staff's intentions, but as the old quote says, you can't
make a man understand something when his livelihood depends on his not