NEWSFLASH: ICANN Killed the Internet!
-- A telephone conversation sometime in the near future -- Hi Mom...how are you? Oh, I'm okay I guess. I was wondering, would it be okay if I moved home for a few weeks? You see, I was layed off yesterday... No Mom, I didn't get fired. The business had to close because they couldn't afford to pay for their name on the Internet. A couple of months ago, some company named ICAN or IKAN or something like that ... No, Mom, you are thinking of IKEA...they're the ones who sell furniture. Yeah, this is the company that's been killing the Internet. You've probably heard about it on Oprah. Anyway, they said our owners had to pay $100,000 for their name. They couldn't come up with the money, so... Huh? Extortion? No, I think if it was extortion the FBI would nail the bastards... Sorry Mom, didn't mean to cuss. It's just that this makes me really mad. They're supposed to be some non-profit corporation that helps make the Internet successful, but lately all I been hearing is how they are putting lots of companies out of business... I don't know, Mom...maybe? You think it sounds like some of them are taking bribes or own stock in some of those richy-rich companies that are making all the money?... Sure sounds like it to me too, Mom. I mean, how can they steal our company's name like that? We've had it for years and the company has been making money and now they say because the company is making money they can charge these big bucks...isn't a company supposed to be successful?... Yeah, Mom...I know I can always go to work with Dad at the mill. I'll probably have to do that now. I know it's a sin, Mom, but I hate this IKAN. I love you too, Mom. :::CLICK::: So, ICANN, is that how it's gonna' be? Ironic how the U.S. Government, with all of its flaws and screw-ups, can manage to put in place an anti-trust law in 1890, and here we are 116 years later with ICANN ready to commit the biggest blunder in the history of the civilized business world. Internet business and success helps many, many people because of the intertwining of ecommerce. How will this help anyone, except perhaps a registry? I don't care if Google pays the same $8 a year for their domain name as I do. This is not leveling any playing field...it's outright EXTORTION. ICANN's new motto: The good of the one outweighs the good of the many. Robert Teeple ----------------------- Forego Systems, Inc. www.foregosystems.com