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Username: jlandrum
Date/Time: Sun, April 16, 2000 at 8:46 AM GMT
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Subject: Why our clients are against new TLD's


      As a consultant that assists start-up dotcom companies, I will tell you that every client of our firm is against the introduction of new TLD's. All of our clients have invested tremendous amount of money and time into their start-up company and in the marketing of their domain name. There are some clients that have invested their entire life savings in their Internet company.  They are all every concerned that with the new TLD's another party (especially their competition) will take their exact dotcom name and combine it with all of the new TLD's.

In addition, they believe that it is not fair to only give preference to famous marks. They say that they ICANN should give a 90 day period for all current owners of dot com names to register their names with the new TLD's. After the 90-day period, everyone would be able to register any names that are available.

They also believe that if due to outside pressures, ICANN is forced to introduce new TLD's, they should definitely start with only 1 new name for business purposes, so that ICANN can study the reaction of the marketplace to this new TLD introduction.

Hope that you take into consideration the concerns of our clients.

Jack Landrum


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