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||As I see it. . .
As I see it, Stuart Lynn is hell-bent on making sure that the domain industry sees
the introduction of new gTLDs at a snail's pace, and not because he is concerned
with the stability of the Internet root. Professionals have illustrated that entering
gTLDs cannot create instability any more than entering ccTLDs can. In fact, .info
and .biz were entered in a single afternoon.
ICANN should not be in the business to oversee the market impact, for that is not
only well beyond their scope; it is also well beyond their expertise. I imagine that
the market impact is far more complex than could ever be understood. Comprehensive
analysis would require years of study and even then there would no doubt be varied
interpretations of the data. Additionally, the impact on the domain market is not
the only market that would be effected. Think of all the markets that operated online.
They would all be effected as well, no doubt entering competition in a host of areas;
industry, security, ebusiness, publishing, the arts, etc. Does anyone believe that
it is either ICANN's place to make policy decisions that have such enormous impact
on horizons well beyond both their scope and understanding. I am sorry, but ICANN
was not established to have that kind of power.
The DoC needs
to step forward and require that ICANN include more attractive, meaningful gTLDs.
The DoC needs to demand -- not request -- that ICANN open the Internet far more than
it has. The deliberate slowness of expanding namespace is a sham, because it is due
more to corrupt, monopolistic interests than legitimate concern for "Internet stability,"
whatever that might mean.
The DoC needs to demand that ICANN
allow non-Verisign, non-CORE, non-Tuscows players to enter the arena. The DoC needs
to recognize that ICANN (particularly Stuart Lynn) is intentionally sabotaging the
smoothness of the .info and .biz introduction by implimenting stupid procedures.
Lynn insists that the problems themselves demonstrate that Sloooowness in the process
is required. However, the problems were entirely predictable. I am sure that Lynn
knew they would occur. In fact, I believe he wanted them to occur as they fuel his
agenda to keep competition from the arena.
And if I am wrong
-- and Lynn is well-intentioned and was caught off guard by the current problems
in rolling out .info and .biz -- then he should be dethroned for reasons of gross
incompetence rather than gross corruption. No matter how you slice it, he has demonstrated
that he doesn't deserve his post.
To the DoC: Please do something
already. Step in and shake things up and allow for fairness, decency and swiftness
in the industry.