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Username: spot
Date/Time: Tue, October 2, 2001 at 10:51 AM GMT
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Subject: Don't get confused Freddy boy


To clear up your confusion: I didn't say there is anything wrong with businesses making money. My point was to disagree that are some kind of noble organisation whose main aim is to try to benefit the internet community. As you correctly point out their only interest is money.

Whether they do it in a fair and decent way was not part of my analyis, but since you brought it up I will comment on it. They have a monolpoly on their own naming system, enabling them to make supernormal profits. If other organisations were competing with them, they would feel pressure to reduce their $35 per year reg fee. Arguably all unregulated monopolies are unfair since they charge above the level it would cost the consumer if there was competition in the market, hence they are abusing their position.

The $35 arguably represents poor value for money compared with cheaper domains which are accessible to all, although there is of course the advantage of a lot more possible names available.

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