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EOI Comments - Schindler

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  • Subject: EOI Comments - Schindler
  • From: Dan Schindler <danielmschindler@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2009 07:58:21 -0800

I would like to post my comments in opposition to the Expression of Interest 
proposal, for the following reasons:

1. Knowing the number of applications in advance of the real 'window' opening 
serves no purpose, as ICANN is not mandated to delegate approved strings to the 
root in any given timeframe. It is only the scaremongers who exaggerate with 
predictions of thousands of applications that gives cause to knowing in advance.
2. Investors can't be expected to pay any sum, let alone $55,000, for an entry 
ticket to an event where the rules are not yet established and where if the 
expected rules are changed, there is no full clawback.
3. It cannot be reasonable, (nor sensible), to then preclude potential 
applicants who did not 'gamble ' in the EOI, from entering the race proper, 
when they didn't know the rules.
4. Why should applicants have to show their faces months before the application 
window would actually open?

In closing, it is my opinion that an EOI achieves nothing that opening the 
application window wouldn't achieve. Once the window is open, ICANN, followed 
by the rest of the World, will see hundreds of applications, (not thousands), 
for which the market will determine viability over time, security and stability 
hyperbole will evaporate as adding hundreds of ccTLds caused no problems, 
(where many of them will have far larger registration numbers than many new 
gTLDs), and where the most vocal anti-new gTLD trademark folks will be the 
first in line to apply.

Please, let's get on with it, before credibility is lost.

Thank you

Dan Schindler

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