ICANN Settlement and Interaction with VeriSign
ICANN, Mr. Gutierrez, and Mr. Gallagher: I am both embarrassed and disappointed after reading the recent settlement and operations agreements proposed by ICANN regarding VeriSign. If this is the way our government operates, am I to assume that if I don't like something, I can threaten the government and then get my way if I agree to stop threatening? This is kind of like the wimp saying to the bully, "If you'll stop beating me up, I'll steal everyone's lunch money for you." Have you considered standing up to the bully? We represent about 1,000 small business customers' websites and domain names. In small business, we have a tendency to apply common sense to our business relationships. The language in the ICANN/Verisign agreements is so foreign to small business it might as well not be English. It reaffirms the old adage, "common sense isn't so common," especially in government and big business. I only hope that if this is the way to get things done in the business world, we can gain the sort of bullying power that VeriSign apparently has. Perhaps a time will come when our business will have to bully the government into allowing us to break laws, violate agreements, and disparage customers. I had always hoped that our government would somehow protect consumers from lawbreakers and those who seek to swindle. ICANN, thanks for the education - I see that's not how it works. Mike Anderson HomeRentals, Inc.