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||Wed, April 5, 2000 at 4:50 AM GMT
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It has come to my attention that a company
called "The .Web Internet Domain Name Registry" at http://webtld.com is presently
offering domain registrations with the top level domain of ".WEB" and is charging
customers $35 per domain name to register these names. The site also assures potential
customers that customers who register with webtld.com will keep their .WEB domains
when ICANN decides to release the ".WEB" top-level-domain officially. The company
seems to think it has legitimate rights to the ".WEB" tld because of an agreement
with IANA back in 1996.|
Just browsing the available domain names
one can see there has been an effort by a small handful of individuals to corner
the market on all generic domain names that were valuable as ".COM" names. Some of
these individuals seem to work for webtld.com itself (For example: check out spider.web).
Go to the site and check out who owns names like "loans.web", "internet.web", "web.web",
"domain.web", "car.web", "computer.web" etc. You will see what I mean.
I oppose the idea of allowing webtld.com to register ".WEB" domain names before
anyone else. I think that members of the company and associates will become instant
multi-millionaires (if not billionaires) if they are allowed to grab up all the valuable
and popular generic names without fair competition.
- .WEB TLD jmgraham, April 5 @ 4:50 AM (4/7)