Organized campaign of 'industry support'?
There seems to be some sort of contrived campaign going on to express "industry support" for the Pulver .tel proposal, given the presence of several word-for-word identical comments in this section, errors and all. For the record, a "compliment" to the "e164.arpa" implementation of the ENUM protocol would be if I were to say "E164.ARPA, you look maaaaahhhhhvelous!!!" What you're apparently trying to express is that it is a "complement" to it, meaning something that goes together well with it, like French fries with a hamburger. I have difficulty seeing how a proposal apparently designed to *compete with* E164.ARPA is "complementary" to it. Is Burger King complementary to McDonald's, or Mozilla complementary to MSIE? Maybe they are, in a bigger-picture sense where a marketplace as a whole is better for the public if dominant players are "complemented" by competitors, but it seems like a fairly odd use of the word to use it to describe something that serves as a substitute or replacement for something else, rather than something that goes along with it.
What nobody has done so far is to explain coherently what value this .TEL proposal would provide, how it compares to E164.ARPA, whether it is intended to replace it, work alongside it, compete with it, cooperate with it, and so on. Does it accomplish anything that can't be done with ENUM, or is it just an attempt to provide competition to stop ENUM from being a monopoly? I do believe that free markets are better than monopolies in almost all cases, so it wouldn't take all that much to convince me to favor this, but I'm still not convinced that naming and addressing systems are not among the few exceptions where a single standard makes better sense than a bunch of competitors. After all, UPS and FedEx use the same ZIP codes as the U.S. Postal Service, rather than going on their own with a different postal code system just to be more "free-market". If a dual standard for phone-number-to-Internet connections emerges, this may only compel all participants to purchase their names/numbers in both systems to be compatible with everybody, so it would result in greater expenses rather than greater choice.
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