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Username: thoca
Date/Time: Fri, March 2, 2001 at 6:13 AM GMT (Fri, March 2, 2001 at 1:13 AM CDT)
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Subject: The Verisign Monopoly has not been broken


                        Unlike the previous poster, I commend you efforts to eliminate Verisign's Monopoly on the market up to this point.  However, handing back the reigns when "VeriSign's share of total registrations has fallen to about 50%" would be undoing the progress you have made. 

        Just because Verisign no longer owns the market does not address the issue of the healthy competition.  In your brief I see no information detailing the sales of Verisign's competition other than how many they number.  90 is a nice number but if they each one of these "competitor's" posses between 1% and .5% of the market, then it's clear (to me anyway) that ICANN should not alter the original agreement.  Only if proof can be provided showing companies that are ready to compete should ICANN even give this a second thought.

        Are there numbers that show upcoming competition?
        Are they companies that have the ability to fairly compete with Verisign? 
        Isn't that why the ICANN introduced this agreement in the first place?



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