Stifling innovation and competition
- To: comments-closed-generic-05feb13@xxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Stifling innovation and competition
- From: Philip.R.Keown@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: Wed, 6 Mar 2013 08:56:26 +0000
As a practitioner in the field of Technology Risk for the last thirty
years, I have been privileged to see the growth of the internet at first
hand. The principles of open access and the internet as a resource for
all have allowed the most rapid period of change and innovation ever seen,
bringing huge benefits to commerce and to individuals. And now that the
underlying infrastructure is sophisticated enough to provide enough speed
and bandwidth, the growth of cloud-based solutions provides businesses
large and small with new opportunities and business models.
Within the virtual world, organisations and individuals establish
themselves as trusted through what they do and what they say, and it is
the open-ness of that world that drives genuine competition and innovation
for everyone's benefit. To allow individual organisations to control
sections of the internet ? and in particular to control the generic TLD
"cloud" ? is anti-competitive and contrary to the very principles on which
the internet was created.
I urge ICANN to prevent this closed registry from being implemented.
Phil Keown - Grant Thornton UK LLP
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