DO NOT ALLOW CLOSED TLD's.
To the stakeholders of ICANN, My name is Joseph Perez AKA Joey Fiero, from Los Angeles, CA. I have a diverse background in corporate executive administration, marketing and technology within many types of industries, and have met different types of people from all over the world who views, culture, science and politics influence the value of one’s life and what we will have in it. I’ve personally met very high corporate executives and influenced corporations like restaurant giant, Mcdonalds. Go ahead, give them a call, one of them should remember me. No ego intended. Part of what has brought positive value in life that many people have today is because of the open and free internet that not only brings people together but creates an opportunity for those who wouldn’t have such an opportunity. Having the ability to get something that otherwise would not be obtainable like a self-taught education that might otherwise cost a lot of money through traditional learning and would have been out of reach by someone like me who grew up with parents that only went to Jr. High and didn’t speak any English. I barely graduated high school because I never had any one of my family members help me with homework, I never received a college degree yet I’ve had corporate executive and project management titles at companies I have not personally owned, learned business administration, management, legal, marketing, computer programming, webmaster, network security, graphic design, electrical engineering, physics, quantum and regular physics, chemistry, biology, carpentry, piano and started my own non-profit helping under privileged kids and parents in after school programs to receive what I had the privilege to receive with computers and the “internet” networking. To this day, I still self-educate because of the open and free internet. The open internet has personally given me the opportunity to gain just as much experience and wisdom as those who would otherwise need the financial backing for such ventures or aspirations. I can claim witness of the earned success my family and I have had due to the internet and its freedom of expression, information and the reach to the people of this world. The sale of TLD’s has possibly a profitable move given that only the affluent will probably be able to get such an opportunity to purchase these TLDs. This could be a benefit for many who are involved on the business and upper investment levels and aspect of it but that leads the question as how that would benefit and trickle those benefits down to the lower and disappearing middle class of the countries, around the world. Everything online and offline adds or takes away from the value of life or sometimes both at the same time and this is what will probably happen if we close off TLDs, it will be both good and bad but one will always outweigh the other, it all depends on who has the power to really make the final. The wonderful people, who earn money, give a piece of their life for this money, so that their families can have food on their table and a warm or cooled house to call home, without money there is nothing. We all understand that. We know that a lot of progress and the betterment of humanity is driven by monetary gains or fear for ones or love ones well being and existence but we should not let that determine the choice we make with it comes down to the betterment of humanity in general. The space program was pushed forward because of the fears of war in space. The NASDAQ was created because the investment in time and money for spreads therefore was digitized and look what it has become and how the .com boom has influenced its evolution to becoming what it is today. An example of a moment of truth for us as people has come and we need to make a decision not based on momentary gains, the internet has the power to bring people together and is the foundation for our future economics and politics where it will seed the foundation to even getting rid of money. A future where there is no such thing as money. Believe it or not, there is a way for a way for a society to flourish without the need of money and the internet “world network” is the way in which it will start from. One suggestion of mine is if the corporations and ICANN stakeholders are thinking about this closed TLD’s system then make the TLD’s .google - .microsoft - .universal .brand name instead of a generic term. Eventually you will get to the point where the entire DNS address system must be changed anyways as you see the population increase and you see a rise in businesses or ideologies. Unfortunately within today’s economy and the presence it has online, the creation of closed TLD’s will have the same effect as Walmart did for the small business owner in a population of less than 200 thousand. That is a real world example of what can happen with private TLD’s, it forces small business owners to close shop. This closed TLDs idea devalues the presence of businesses and freedom on the internet. It does not give the opportunity to small business owners to have the same prominence as the big corporations who took over an area. It will hinder certain parts of the freedom of intelligent speech. There is basic, real world expectations that mirrors this type of possible online situation and the predictable of its outcome. Picture a shopping mall, when you go to the shopping mall you have a choice of many different stores to purchase from. JCpenny’s sells suits but there might be a family owned suit store in that same shopping mall, both have equal opportunities to attract customers because of the “open” area in which people walk on. CLOSED TLD’s is like trying to build a family owned suit store inside a JCpenny’s store that sells suits. If you get rid of the family owned business, which by the way makes up a good chunk of the economies of the world, you slowly start getting rid of the middle class. This is not about right or wrong, it’s about honesty. It is truly honest to say that any type of “private business” and its CORE characteristics of which the investors and company drives itself upon is for the betterment of humanity? ICANN stakeholders, the decision you make will reflect upon all of you and your core characteristics and what you believe the internet should really be and what people of the world will see. This will determine if the acquisition of wealth is the determining driving force of your lives and no exempt status will cover your shadow and if it is and a possible monopoly happens, you will only give rise to another form of internet governance that will come after ICANN and it will be made by the people of the world and the source and walkways will always be open that is part of humanity and its betterment evolution. One World. One Internet. Best Regards, Joey Fiero