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||Fri, October 26, 2001 at 12:33 AM GMT
||Microsoft Internet Explorer V6.0 using Windows NT 5.0
||It seems to have been delayed for over 5 years already ...
.... so I guess it would be no real shock to IOD or those who have purchased .WEB
However, I was shocked that ICANN did not approve IOD's application the
first time. Technically, their application was almost IDENTICAL to Afilias with one
IOD had been operating a live, stable registry for years
and their application was based on years of experience - Afilias was nothing more
than a board of directors, a law firm, a stack of papers filled with promises and
So I was naturally shocked when ICANN praised Afilias' application
while pooh poohing IOD's. ICANN's reward was the problem-plagued .info rollout resulting
from Afilias "superior" application. IOD's registry is still, and has been, running,
stable and operational.
Accepting IODs application would have introduced true competition
into the market. Afilias is made up of the same old players (just a different name).
What is the purpose of introducing "competition" into a market if the competition
is essentially the same company your trying to open up the market against? This would
be similar to having an application process where someone on the board of directors
of the entity requesting and reviewing applications is also on the board of companies
submitting applications ... Oops, that actually happened.