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Username: Whistleblower
Date/Time: Thu, October 19, 2000 at 4:03 AM GMT
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Subject: IOD Exposed #2

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"Anyone not jumping in and competing would be giving away the market. Granted, that's not the way it might actually be, but the perceptions of the people sending checks to AlterNIC is what would count here."
- Christopher Ambler

(Might this explain exactly why IOD was collecting fees for a service that Mr. Ambler knew they couldn't necessarily provide?)

In response to the possibility of AlterNic (another "alternative" registry) putting out a press release finely worded to make it seem like Alternic will be selling new TLDs (which of course had never been officially approved), Christopher Ambler posts the following reply to the message located at http://www.iiia.org/lists/newdom/current/0208.html:

Christopher Ambler (chris@kosh.punk.net)
Wed, 3 Jul 96 14:55:51 PDT

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>If this press release goes out, I can make one prediction. ALTERNIC
>will be very busy. Please follow the logic:
>
>Businessman reads press release/article about new TLDs. Decides he
>better check out http://www.alternic.com. Realizes they are registering
>names in new domains. Okay, will this take off, HE DOESN'T CARE! ...

Agreed. Furthermore, if this *were* to be the case, I would feel
compelled to do the same as AlterNIC. The sudden surge in registrations through AlterNIC would all but validate them as a player and blow away any attempts to organize this "properly." Anyone not jumping in and competing would be giving away the market. Granted, that's not the way it might actually be, but the perceptions of the people sending checks to AlterNIC is what would count here.

Folks, maybe it's just me, but we're on perilious ground here. With
AlterNIC just *doing* it, any serious business on their part is going
to validate them, and this is all for naught.

The ethical side of me wants to see this work right, but the business
side of me is very worried.

Christopher Ambler
President, Image Online Design, Inc.
     

 

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