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Date/Time: Sun, October 15, 2000 at 7:31 PM GMT (Sun, October 15, 2000 at 12:31 AM PDT)
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Subject: An Open Letter to IOD Supporters


                Dear IOD Supporters -

It is truly pleasing to see so many of you participating in this process, and on this public comments forum. It is very important that your voices are heard, and we at Image Online Design appreciate your efforts.

We would like to point out a few things, in the open, for all to hear.

First, we encourage you to read our application, and indeed all of the applications, and comment on their substance and merit. While this is an emotionally-charged issue, we request that cooler heads prevail. Avoid getting personal, and avoid making arguments based solely on your feelings. We appreciate that you believe in us! This process, however, is about objective criteria. Is the stability of the Internet kept in mind? Is competition promoted? Is the procedure fair and open and transparent?

These are the issues at hand.

Secondly, we ask that the past remain the past. It is not important what happened in 1996. Whether permission was granted or not would appear to be immaterial at this point, as ICANN has created what we must assume is a fair process, judging applicants on the merits. It is a futile effort to convince those who would argue this point, and serves little purpose at this time. Let it go. What is important right now is the merit of the applications.

Based upon the merits, we stand by our application. It promotes competition, it maintains stability, it relies upon over four years of operational experience, and a technically sound plan. These are the important issues, and we ask that you all concentrate on them, for they are the issues that ICANN will examine in making their decision. With the issues clear, we feel that ICANN will come to the obvious conclusion that Image Online Design is not only the pioneer in this process, but has the superior plan.

Again, thank you for your support. Let's all make sure that this process works as intended, and that the outcome is both fair and for the greater good of the Internet as a whole.

Christopher Ambler
CTO, Image Online Design, Inc.
The .Web Internet Domain Registry


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