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Username: JConnors
Date/Time: Fri, October 13, 2000 at 8:29 PM GMT
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Subject: Anti-competitive?


If you had taken the time to read the Afilias application (which I'm sure you haven't), you would have know that Afilias plans to let ICANN-accredited registrars register domains in the new namespaces. Obviously, this will foster competition.

And if you had read IODesign's application, you would have know that they will be the only company allowed to register .web domains for the first 30 days of operation. Why lock out the other ICANN-accredited registrars for the first 30 days? Obviously to prevent competition. IODesign wants to capitalize on the rush to register. If anything is anti-competitive, it's this.

Instead of yelling "conspiracy!" and throwing around terms like "anti-competitive" and "cartel", why don't you read the applications. When you look at the combined experience and abilities of the members of Afilias, it is quite obvious that they are the most capable candidate for running a stable .web registry.

I am also very impressed with Afilias' plan to curb pre-registrations during the release of the new domains. Their round-robin system is not only more stable than allowing everybody to bombard registrars with registrations on the first days of registration, but it is also fair.

Taken as a whole, the Afilias plan is hard to ignore. You can ignore the applications all you want and claim corporate conspiracies, but unless you've thoroughly read the applications, you shouldn't make judgements.


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