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Username: cgrady
Date/Time: Tue, October 17, 2000 at 9:45 PM GMT
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Subject: The Internet has already fragmented. This is a GOOD thing.


The Internet has already become fragmented. There are successful and stable alternate DNS roots being run already of which .WEB is part of this. You, or any 12 year old on the internet can configure their systems to use these alternate DNS systems in a matter of minutes without compromising your ability to access EVERYTHING you were previously able to access. In fact you can see much more.

I consider this to be a good thing. This is a result of a free and open market reacting to artificial scarcity in domain names and centralization in DNS administration, which should be avoided at all costs.

No one can argue that an open and free market is a good thing.

You see many ANONYMOUS posters in this discussion blaming Image Online for making this situation whatever it is. In reality it is a result of a governing body (ICANN) that has failed to meet the needs of the Internet community.

Call it what you will, but Image Online, to me, represents the epitome of what an open and free market will do when needs are not being met, when there is a failure in the system, when individuals become less important then large corporations.

ICANN has had quite a bit of mud thrown at it recently and has quite a bad reputation with almost every Internet user who is somewhat knowledgeable about the current situation (with the exception of the anonymous posters who's motives and affiliations are questionable).  I don't necessarily consider ICANNs obvious failure to be a bad thing. Failure is only bad when the organization that has failed considers the failure acceptable, not corrected,  and allowed to continue unmonitored. This is even worse when the failure effects millions of people .

The trend on the net has been spiraling toward a point where corporate entities are now receiving more rights than do individual people. This is very wrong. This election is ICANNs chance to show the world that it is has accepted an application based on ability and merit ... not big corporate maneuvering and trickery, not political connections, not big money, and not "briberyish" promises on paper.

Image Online was truly the pioneer in this field. It is being opposed, at the last minute, by Afilias and Melbourne IT.

Kind Regards,
Chris Grady
Vieodata, Inc.


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