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Regressionary agreement with Verisign

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  • Subject: Regressionary agreement with Verisign
  • From: "Don Lekei" <don@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2005 10:35:08 -0800

Dear members,
Your regressionary agreement with Verisign hurts everyone on the internet. 
The only way that Verisign should be allowed to raise prices is to open the
process to bidding. Their infrastructure is obviously rooted in obsolete
practices and technology, since virtually every other company in the same
market  is capable of offering the same or better services at considerably
lower prices.
They are evidently capable of marketing services at a price point
considerably above market, since their domain services are several hundred
percent higher than many registrars. As such, they should be cut adrift, to
sell their services at whatever price they can, rather than holding all
other players in the market hostage to their inflationary whims.
There are many root dns servers, there is no technical reason why a
single-point-of-failure is in any way more stable than a fully distributed
system. In fact, a distributed system would limit the geographical scope of
criminal or terrorist attacks (in fact, how can anyone even argue that it
would be considerably difference than the current caching system).
Verisign has proven themselves to be one of the worst players, imposing
arbitrary changes to their own corporate benefit. Actions such as placing
ads on un-registered domains should have disqualified, and taking other
steps to sabotage their competition should bar them from consideration for
renewal of their contract. 
I urge you to act in the interests of the internet as a whole. This is your
opportunity. Please do not squander it and lock-out any chance of creating a
level playing field for years to come.

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