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Username: IncompetentAfilias
Date/Time: Mon, December 17, 2001 at 7:35 AM GMT
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Subject: In a Perfect World...


     Do I think Neulevel will learn from Afilias' mistakes in the round-robin process? Absolutely not, it is not financially in their interests to do so.

     Neulevel has to keep its registrars happy who may have to refund a large chunk of change to their clients for the previous .BIZ fiasco.  Will this refund really happen?  Highly doubtful, more likely to happen is that the registrars simply resubmit the previous submissions to the 2nd round-robin - a round-robin that is supposedly "free."

     Without ICANN stepping in, Neulevel's round-robin will turn out to be nothing more than another cash cow for the registrars --- many registrars will charge $5 - $20 per pre-registration, and sell this same pre-registration multiple times for the same domain from the same registrar! (Oh, and then there will be registrars that auction .BIZ domains... eNom will surely be one.)

     The very same problems from the .INFO Landrush are about to be re-visited... it feels like a bad episode of the 'Twilight Zone.'

     Garry, no I am not naive, but as many on this forum we are merely filled with hope that a just and fair system can be developed, and we will keep voicing our opinions, no matter how inaudible they may be to ICANN.


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