Melbourne IT was one of the first 5 testbed registrars, and it would be a mockery
of the process if they were to be allowed to get in
early again using Neustar
and taking .web from IOD
Also, have you seen this...
All but 4 applications have
Of those posted, let's look at the relationships among the established
players, which includes the two who are trying to take .Web from Image Online Design.
has a registry run by Tucows. Tucows is also the registry for .tel (NumberTel), .kids
(The .Kids Domain), and .dir (Novell). Afilias is also comprised of a number of registrars,
including register.com, who is also running the registry for the .pro application.
Afilias also has CORE as a member, who has applied themselves for .nom.
is also joined by NSI, which, through its registry operation, is running the registry
for the proposed .kids/.xxx (ICM) application.
CORE is also the registry of choice
for .post, .museum, and .health. They also run the registry for a .biz application
by iDomains. iDomains is owned by Hal Lubson, who also owns Domain Bank. Domain Bank
is member of Afilias. Additionally, iDomains also has a Vice President by the name
of Ken Stubbs, who is also the chair of CORE, the chair of the ICANN names council,
and a board member of Afilias. Another Afilias board member, Paul Kane, is also a
member of the ICANN names council.
Melbourne IT is also a member of CORE (part
of Afilias). They, in their joint venture, JVTeam, have submitted three separate
applications for .per, .biz and .web. JVTeam, however, is also the registry of record
for the .travel and .geo applications. Melbourne IT is, by themselves, also named
as the registry for the BlueHill application for .kids.
That means that this group
is responsible for SEVENTEEN APPLICATIONS, 39%,or MORE THAN ONE-THIRD of ALL APPLICATIONS!
(presuming that they have nothing at all to do with the 4 applications still not
Hello? MORE THAN ONE THIRD?
And, if you include applications by country
code operators, you'll see the .TV is proposing .pro and .nom, and is also involved
in the .kids/.xxx (ICM)application. .MD is also involved in the application for .law.
include applications by or having participating ICANN registrars, and you add .mall
(Computer Analytical Systems is a registrar) and .firm (EastComm is a registrar).
adds 5 more, making a total of 22 out of the 44 applications, or 50% of all applications!
right, HALF OF ALL REGISTRATIONS are by ESTABLISHED PLAYERS!
This is competition?!