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Username: fabrcop
Date/Time: Mon, October 23, 2000 at 3:23 PM GMT
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Subject: The truth about .web (long version)


The truth is that IODesign's registry (
is the fair and right choice for .web:
everyone knows this in his/her own conscience.
Even Afilias and Neustar know this:
actually on their applications they included
alternative strings also (.dot , .info , .site, .surf) .

Disclaimer: I registered a few .web domains at
a few weeks ago, AFTER I understood that IODesign deserves
to be the .web registry.
I am confident in ICANN's fairness and I believe that
IODesign's application will be accepted.
Someone says that IODesign's supporters care about their
own convenience only: they support IODesign because this is
their convenience!
I think that this sentence must be reversed:
FIRST, IODesign's supporters saw that IODesign is the natural
and proper registry for .web .
THEN they registered one or more domains.
To skeptical people: otherwise please explain why
IODesign has so many supporters around the world
(for example I am from Italy) and took almost
20,000 registrations so far.

IODesign is running a .web registry since 1996,
after IANA's "Postel Draft" and a purported permission
(given to IOD by IANA) to take .web registrations and
to collect fees for this.
Someone says that such permission was never given by IANA
and quoted old posts on IANA boards to show this,
but such posts do NOT demonstrate anything special about this matter.
On the contrary, they show that IODesign was involved in running
the .web registry since 1996 and is the unique .web PIONEER.

Everyone knows that IODesign acted in good faith since 1996:
registered .web domains are working on alternative root servers
at this time (see
Name Space is another company that has many domains
on alternative servers (.biz, .shop and other 100+ TLDs).
It is remarkable that Name Space filed an application for
100+ TLDs but did NOT request .web .
If you make a WHOIS search for a .web domain on
you will be redirected to IODesign's .web registry!
This means that Name Space (who is another pioneer in new TLDs)
recognizes IODesign's priority on .web .

About .web registrations taken by IODesign's since 1996
(after the purported permission by IANA).
They were necessary to test the functionality of the .web registry
and allowed IODesign to collect money to run and maintain it
and eventually to file the application to ICANN for .web .
I think that IODesign and .web registrants are a single entity:
IODesign would not have survived without support by so
many registrants.
The registrations taken so far are real contracts and can't
be wiped out.
Remember that Network Solutions took .com pre-registrations
in 1993 and then they become real domains. Would it make sense
to ask for their cancellation at this time?! (Note 1)

About purported speculation by early .web registrants:
starting new registrations cannot avoid speculation either!
(*New* registrants may register thousands of domains on day one
when a new .web registry is created).
I think that it is obvious and fair to assign the .web domains
to the ones who registered them at IODesign since 1996.

Afilias was created on 9/25/2000 (!) and can't pretend
to get .web, that is a product launched 4 years ago by IODesign.
Further on, on ICANN's document about Yokohama
meeting, I read that "competition must be promoted":
of course this can't be obtained by giving .web to
Afilias (that means NSI and other 18 powerful registrars).
I read on Afilias' application, Part 1:
"After awarding Afilias approval to operate the registry for
the new gTLD, ICANN may quickly authorize other gTLDs
that may compete with Afilias' chosen gTLD".
So the problem can be solved: Afilias can get .info and .site
and can easily accept that .web is assigned to IODesign.

On the contrary, IODesign can't easily accept that .web is
assigned to Afilias (or to Neustar). If this happens,
IODesign's long work will be destroyed and the company
itself will be ruined. This is completely unfair, since
it is not fair to ruin a company that believed in .web TLD
since 1996 and acted in good faith for this purpose only.
To be a pioneer can't be considered a fault!
IODesign should be rewarded by ICANN,
as well as it was rewarded by so many Internet users
in the world! Actually IOD's .web registry is the NATURAL
EXPRESSION of the Internet users' WILL.

So, if IODesign is not chosed by ICANN as the .web registry,
it's sure that IODesign will sue ICANN: so the Internet will wait for
many months (or years?) for the new .web TLD!

In any case, Afilias requires long times to build their registry
and to make it public, as we can read on its application.
On the contrary, IODesign's .web registry is *ready* and it can be put
into the A-root server soon, after a short blackout period
for protecting trademarks
(you can read this on IODesign's application, E5.3)

Other registrars may share IODesign's database soon
(as it happens for NSI's .com at this time).
This has been proposed by IODesign itself,
as it is found on IODesign's application.

Conclusion: .web means IODesign and IODesign means .web .
Thanks, ICANN, for listening and making the fair choice.


Fabrizio Coppola

Note 1.
Further on: Network Solutions reserved a few domains for itself,
such as and .
So did IODesign, that reserved iod.web , iodesign.web ,
nic.web and the.web for itself .
Do you allow IODesign to keep these few domains for itself?
Of course you do.
So the same concept applies to the registrations taken by
other people at (almost 20,000 so far).


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