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Scare Tactics

  • To: settlement-comments@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Scare Tactics
  • From: adam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 21:36:00 -0600

The supporters of this plan have obviously been fed lies about the UN 
"taking over the internet" .  I think some light needs to be shed on this. This 
is old news : http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4441544.stm
THE UN IS NOT GOING TO TAKE OVER  . . . at least not anytime soon !  It 
might be a blessing however if Commerce steps in and sets some things 
straight AGAIN.

With that said, let's quit the scare tactics .  Pushing the approval of a bad 
setllement to avoid a worse fate is a great tactic.  I think we're all too 
familiar 
with this tactic in politics, but the simple fact is that there is no truth to 
the UN 
gaining control over the internet.

Let's try and refocus on the issue of granting an inherent monoply even more 
power to raise pricing, control AND sell the registry data and extremely 
valuable traffic data .  The technology that is used to maintain a registry 
likely 
hasn't changed since verisign began the registry so why has it become more 
expensive to run and why do they think it will become more expensive 
instead of less expensive ?  Why is the .net registry services cheaper per 
name to run than .com ? 

Litigation does cost money, but if Verisign and stuck to the rules of their 
contract in the first place we wouldn't be in this position would we ?  

Scare tactics don't hide the obvious flaws in this proposed back-room deal.
ICANN not being able to enforce the rules and Verisign doing as they please 
really doesn't seem too much different to me than putting the UN in control 
anyway.  Keep trying to scare us.  It's obvious by the "In support" posts that 
these all came from the same "script".


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