TIMING IS EVERYTHING & THINGS DON'T LAST FOREVER !
As stated in
my systematic response to the 74 Questions posted for public comment, I don't propose
this be done forever (e.g., withhold access to unrestricted gTLDs).
kindly read my responses to the questions and my previously posted comments, you
will find that the "restricted" gTLDs would be so until "the dust settles" on the
experimental/initial release of the TLDs and/or a full-blown release is warranted
and backed by a prospective Benefit Cost Anaylysis (BCA), followed with an ongoing
Program Evaluation and the effective alingment of structural/process aspects of the
implementation with policy/market forces/trends.
Believe me, I know why I proposed
what I proposed and the prospective BCA for any gTLD to be seriously considered,
and methods/processes for release, is an ESSENTIAL part of my proposal. A BCA will
address your concerns and shall weigh the pros and cons, tangibles and intangibles,
real and perceived.
In this light, I respect your view but think that is a bit
too early to call an alternative "monopolistic" while the jury is still out and time-tested,
policy-making tools have not yet served their purpose.
To generalize and say that
it would be MONOPOLISTIC assumes that there is somekind of "mindset" about this,
which IMO there IS NOT, as this (i.e., the present forum/process) is an extremely
open and participative process as I am sure most of us can attest (at least that
is my view and I've been exposed to not few public forums affecting the lives of
To be reasonable, I suggest that you please consider the content AND the
context of what I've said, not just an isolated quote. Yes, I know,everyone plays
to win; in this case, let's make the public good and rational/responsive/responsible
decisions be the winner.
I suggest as a related topic my postings, and threads,
of 4 July 2000 ("ICANN SHOULD MANAGE TLDs ONE STEP FURTHER) and of 6 July 2000
15 POINT MOTION FOR YOKOHAMA - CALL FOR INPUT), plus others in between, where I speak
of a similar alternative like the one you propose.
In a nutshell, these
are all alternatives which should be explored and weighed for net value to the public
interest, to the Internet, to commerce, to trademark holders, to a global economy,
to the global community, to local levels, to families and kids (especially economically
disadvantaged families), and to every stakeholder involved (you included).
Very Truly Yours,
Los Angeles, California USA