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Username: brahim_m
Date/Time: Tue, October 24, 2000 at 12:22 AM GMT
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Subject: New proof of concept?? -- ICM and Blueberry hill


One of the main criteria of ICANN's TLD assesement is how
competative the proposal is and how much it encourages
competion (read more on this  I am seeing
a lot of applications that seem almost maliciously contradictory
in their disregard for this criteria.

BlueBerry Hill's and ICM's bids on .kids are good examples in two
different ways.  BlueBerry hill is providing an entire range of
DNS solutions that extend from being a registry to actually hosting
your domain (much like NSI does).  While they seem to have significant
credentials and have  elucidated their technical plans in great
detail, they are essentially an overglorified ISP looking to gain a
monopolistic edge.  This is somewhat similar to what the Telco company
in Morocco (where I live) does: they  own the phone lines and provide
ISP services at bargain rates private ISPs can't compete with.  By
owning .kids, and pricing it at $35 to registrars (which is
rediculously prohibitive compared to the current registry prices),
they become the only valid .kids registry, registrar, and even ISP.
They become a B2B and B2C provider.  This seems to directly contradict
the  word and spirit of the ICANN criteria; nor does it provide any
new "proof of concept" -- they're just doing what NSI has already done.

That brings me to ICM.  They're not even interested in trying to provide
a new kind of service.  Essentially they're just buying the domain name
and reselling it to NSI.  At least BlueBerry Hill is providing all its
own  services (and offering quite complete solutions -- its problem is
providing to much); ICM is essentially bringing nothing new to the table.

I'd like to see someone bring something new to the concept of how DNS is
registered (and something technically interesting, not just a new
marketing scheme).  The whole point of the new TLDs is move beyond the
current NSI-based system which was designed in an era when the Internet
was a very different place.  Just forming a bunch of NSI clones (or

Brahim Meloud


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