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Username: kodo
Date/Time: Fri, June 1, 2001 at 3:25 AM GMT (Thu, May 31, 2001 at 10:25 PM EST)
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Subject: We need competition !!!


The TLD namespace should be driven by the market. We need competition in the Domain Name System. Competition does not mean VeriSign. The only true competition will happen when a domain name is sold -- and VeriSign does not make ANY profit from the sale. NONE. They (as NSI) have held the monopoly for 9 years now. It is time to remove them from the picture for good.

The "NAMESPACE" implies just that... a space that is composed of all of the names available on the Internet. ICANN should be overseeing the technical coordination of preventing collisions in this namespace. ICANN should not try to be the government or get involved in the political coordination of who gets to add which name.

There is a great big world outside of the UNITED STATES! The Department of Commerce and ICANN should not be making decisions for the rest of the world. We need to have public elections for Members of the ICANN Board! Twice now ICANN has promised the US Gov't that they would hold public elections. The Internet community is waiting for 4 more Board members to be elected!

Image Online Design's .WEB TLD should immediately be added into the A-Root! VeriSign (NSI) has publically stated that they believe that .WEB would offer the best competition to .COM. However, VeriSign should be prohibited from profiting from the sale of ANY domain names until they have completely relinquished control of the Root to an impartial, not-for-profit, organization. The people of the world have the right to decide who is in control of the DNS -- not ICANN.

The DNS will thrive in a market-driven system with true competition. VeriSign does not offer ANY competition! As long as they (or any of their companies) are making money from the sale of domain names -- the system will be corrupt.

Support competition! Eliminate corruption!



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