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Username: InternetAdvocate
Date/Time: Wed, September 19, 2001 at 11:17 PM GMT (Wed, September 19, 2001 at 4:17 PM PDT)
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Subject: To what the status quo should be changed.


Richy wrote, "... all registrars should be non-commercial organisations, and any profits earned should in every case be given to charity.  This would truly test the motives and methods of people involved, and guarantee the true interests of customers and the internet community as a whole.  There is no real reason why this should not be implemented. I would encourage an inter-governmental campaign to bring this about, with excellent benefits for charity, and transparant honesty for customers."

I suggest that each TLD Registry be nonprofit [as Richy mentioned for registrars].  The need for impartiality and financial disinterest at registries is necessary for fairness.  Since they are monopolies by design, registries should not be biased toward any registrar or registrars, including their members.

However, registrars should be forprofit to increase the incentive to serve their customers' interests.  Otherwise, why have competing registrars at all?  Why not replace registrars with registries?  [Rhetorical questions.]


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