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||Thu, June 28, 2001 at 1:56 AM GMT (Wed, June 27, 2001 at 6:56 PM PDT)
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> "What would you say, if Switzerland would change its country telephone code
from 0041 to 001 and change its area codes and telephone numbers according to the
ones used in the U.S.? It would be impossible to know whom you reach when you
dial a U.S. telephone numer from abroad: Either the U.S. person you wanted or the
Swiss one with the same number newly introduced. With two exactly similar telephone
numbers (including the same country and area telephone code) you wouldn't know anymore
whom you reach. No one did anything like that before. You would say that
the Swiss must have run crazy, wouldn't you? But that is exactly what happens
in the internet now with the duplication of dot biz."|
The .biz is a general TLD,
not a ccTLD.
The correct analogy would be if the Swiss duplicated the .us TLD.
reason that the ITU set 1 as the country code for USA, Canada and most Carribean
islands, is because the USA started the telephone system [invented by an American
resident, A.G. Bell] and those areas already were using 1 to dial before the area
code and number.
Just like the USA invented the internet and the general TLD's.