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Username: huguesdb
Date/Time: Mon, October 30, 2000 at 12:37 AM GMT
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Subject: Can you clarify...



If my understanding is correct, you would limit initial registrations in .coop to US co-operatives - at least for 6 months?

If this is the case, do you not think that this discriminatory angainst non-US co-operatives? From your application, it appears that US co-operatives represent 120/750 th of co-operative members. This is a minority.

Would this not confer an unfair advantage to US co-operatives?

It is clear that you may need some limitations during the start-up period but doing it based on nationality is not in the interests of the internet community at large.

Would it not be preferable to simply put a limit to members of all ICA recognised co-operatives and if you fear the volume will be too high, limit the number of applications that can be treated per day to the first 1000 say.

It seems this would be more equitable than national limits.... co-operatives are quite favoured in developping countries - and these are the ones who most need a better representation on the internet.

Otherwise, I do hope you are selected.

Best reagrds,
Hugues Du Bois


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