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Username: joseph
Date/Time: Thu, March 1, 2001 at 6:20 PM GMT
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Subject: This deal should not be approved by the Dept. of Commerce or ICANN


        I strongly believe that this deal should be rejected by the United States Department of Commerce (DoC) and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

This deal, essentially, allows Verisign to perpetuate ownership of the .COM TLD, wherein now it has no such claim. Under the existing agreements, upon expiration Verisign would have no greater claim to renew its .COM TLD contract than other bidders.  With this agreement it (according to todays Wall Street Journal) will have a "special presumption" to renew its contract.  For all practical purposes this means it will be able to perpetually renew its contract for the .COM TLD.

And what is Verisign giving up for this new benefit?  The registry operation of the .ORG and .NET TLDs.  The .COM TLD will in all likelihood remain far larger, and far more lucrative, that the .ORG and .NET TLDs combined.

In short, it is not a fair agreement for the Internet community, ICANN, and/or the U.S Government.

--Joseph Friedman


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