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Username: 10backwards
Date/Time: Sat, March 3, 2001 at 10:41 PM GMT
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Subject: when an international TLD is restricted to USA NPOs


No, don't get me wrong, I love America. The point I was trying to make was that US NPOs are at an advantage, as some(all?) NPOs from other countries may not be able to register as a certified USA NPO, and so won't be able to register their domain.

>>It seems that some are bashing US in general....
Who wouldn't? :) seriously though, the whole thing seems to be USA-Centric, when an international TLD is restricted to USA NPOs.

The main (International) issues are that:
- hardly any non-USA based NPOs can register as a NPO under US regulations
- it is far too difficult to consider the rules to become an NPO, as they are different for almost every different country.

lastly, this quote from seems so sum it up:

Q] Obviously I'm not a company or an ISP, so by their rules I'm not supposed to register a .net or a .com for myself.. which leaves what, exactly?

a] An account with AOL or GeoCities, of course. The Internet is for business, you silly consumers!

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