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Username: USTAR
Date/Time: Fri, October 20, 2000 at 6:59 PM GMT (Fri, October 20, 2000 at 2:59 PM EDT)
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Subject: USTAR's Answer is Totally Responsive


Dear Mr. Schneider:

Thank you for your reply. USTAR's answer was indeed responive. However, to underscore our point, the Internet industry is replete with thousands of companies who fairly, and unbiasedly, manage registration and other domain services. Any one of these companies could step forward at any future time.

The ICANN web site seems to indicate that Name.Space, Inc., has also applied for .travel (along with .ads and a multitude of other TLDs).

As to the benefits which the public will be "prevented" from enjoying, there is not one shred of evidence that without .travel the public will not be well-served on the Internet. To the contrary, the Internet already has a very robust participation by travel providers. Very few instances of "travel scams" on the Internet have been reported, certainly not proportionately greater than other e-commerce business on the Internet based on the number of transactions.

IATA's intent to accredit, approve, determine fitness, etc., runs counter to its members' otherwise public commentary before the U.S. Department of Transportation that the Internet should be free from regulation and other barriers.

You have not alluded to one fact that .travel managed by IATA will somehow provide consumers with a better e-commerce travel experience. To the contrary, IATA's intention to enshrine .travel as the hallmark of reputable travel retailing will cause severe internal conflict among trustworthy and reliable travel services using .com, .net, .org, etc.

IATA's plan is a plan to control and authenticate, not to assure that .travel becomes the barrier-free, equitably competitive residence for the future of travel on the web.

Thus, USTAR feels that ICANN should reject IATA's application; a feeling shared by the majority of respondents on this forum.

USTAR appreciates this opportunity to reply to your comments.


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