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Username: Ron_Bennett
Date/Time: Wed, October 17, 2001 at 10:19 AM GMT
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Subject: There is NO domain shortage in .COM...


        The .COM domain name shortage is about as real as the shortage of IP V4 addresses...there are plenty of .COM domains still left...assuming one wants a .COM domain of only 12 characters or less in the 2nd level portion...let's see that translates to approx:

12^36 (and this is a conservative estimate for various reasons) equals around 7.0880187498509184538134430700957e+38 total combinations...and at the moment something like 10 million are registered, leaving only slightly less than 7.0880187498509184538134430700957e+38 still left. And that's only assuming one wants a 2nd level .COM domain 12 characters or shorter...the available combinations is FAR higher if one wishes to register a domain longer than that. My math ain't perfect; and using Windows calculator doesn't help matters. Point is that there are so many combinations still left in .COM, we are NOT going to run out...while it's nice to debate the issue of adding new TLDs, the ".COM domains are almost all gone" argument won't get one too far in such a debate for the reasons I've explained above.

In regards to VeriSign, domain names is only one aspact of their business - and certainly not the most profitable for them. Security certificates is a big business for them with much higher retail prices (hundreds and even thousands of dollars) and much greater profit margins.


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