To all concerned:
It seems quite concerning to the public
that ICANN posts criteria for approval of applications and proceeds directly opposite
of their agenda.
Competition: ICANN proposes that a segment of the criteria
for establishing approval of applicants for tlds is the ability to create competition
which is healthy for the prosperity of the Internet.
ICANN has approved businesses
(for further review) that have direct affiliation with NSI (a current monopoly for
registry). Is this what ICANN deems a productive avenue for generating competition?
If so, then why not just give all tlds to NSI? Where is the competition?
Any affiliation with NSI will solely create a larger monopoly.
lists issues with the methods in which NSI handles administrative requests for tlds.
Simple requests such as transfers of names can take up to 2 months! In addition
to this it has come to light that NSI is not releasing expired domains directly to
the public. There is a 60 day waiting period. Does this business model
fit with creating prosperity and competition within the Internet? The answer
is clear. No! Inasmuch, any affiliation with NSI creates opposition to
competition and service.
Within the preliminary review of tlds offered for application
ICANN has stated that demand plays a strong role in the consideration of new tlds.
The MSNBC polls indicate a strong demand for .xxx, .fam, . biz, etc. Out of
these, only .biz is considered further. .xxx has the highest rating and surely
an alternative to this is necessary and has been requested. However, ICANN
continues to deny requests for what the public desires. The public generates
demand for tlds. Yet ICANN claims to promote marketability and continued interest
as a criteria for approval and does not respond in approving tlds that would meet
or surpass their own criteria.
Out of the entities approved for further
review at least 3 have shown none of their own (or any) technical merit in the ability
to support the demands and serviceability of the tlds. These companies are
approved while those who have actually demonstrated a working registry on-line have
been denied for their technical merits. How does ICANN plan to answer for this?
It is becoming increasingly clear that ICANN has members of the board that are supporting
companies based on their own vested interests or affiliations. This is not
only absent of interest for the common good but illegal as well. One posting
has mentioned the inconsistencies within the approval process and it is clear that
the sharks will be circling if ICANN does not reevaluate it's own approval process.
would propose a reevaluation of the applications based solely on the merits of said
applicants and provide an adequate opportunity to display the technological merits
and marketing resources of those applicants. This process has generated much
controversy surrounding the reasons for selection of various entities and denial
ICANN, I would highly recommend this course of action. Information
abounds with misgivings of public trust and interest on your part. Make amends
while still possible and end the controversy surrounding this selection process.
Tlds can wait another month. The prosperity of the public, and of ICANN
depends on it.