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Re: [ga] Karl's comments at the 2003 Senate hearings on allocation systems

  • To: Danny Younger <dannyyounger@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [ga] Karl's comments at the 2003 Senate hearings on allocation systems
  • From: Jeff Williams <jwkckid1@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 03:23:34 -0800
  • Cc: ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, icann board address <icann-board@xxxxxxxxx>, ICANN ALAC <alac@xxxxxxxxx>, essential ecom <ecommerce@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Organization: INEGroup Spokesman
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Danny and all,

Although Karl's testimony was in strong terms, his accuracy was
from the point in 2003 as an insider of ICANN and spot on IMHO
as well as seemingly broadly shared at that time and even more
broadly shared now.

Danny Younger wrote:

> Excerpt:
> "Of the seven TLDs that ICANN has created, most are of
> value only to small interests.  There has been no
> cognizable benefit to the public.
> ICANN's glacial, and extremely expensive, processes
> have not only failed to meet even the smallest portion
> of the demand for new TLDs, but it appears that even
> the opportunity to apply for new TLDs, or to be the
> database operator (registry) underlying those TLDs,
> has become limited to a very few favored insiders.
> ICANN has claimed that the initial seven TLDs were a
> test bed.   But it was a test bed lacking even the
> most rudimentary elements needed to evaluate success
> or failure.  ICANN is in no way more knowledgeable
> about the issues of deploying new TLDs than it was in
> year 2000.
> My conclusion is that ICANN's foray into TLD
> allocation has been an nothing less than an
> unmitigated disaster.  ICANN's behavior has wasted
> millions of dollars and hindered the progress of
> innovation on the Internet.
> ICANN should immediately drop all of the arcane, and
> useless, business regulations and microscopic
> distinctions that it has imposed on the allocation of
> new top level domains (TLDs) and simply look at the
> technical competency of the applicant.
> It is my suggestion that ICANN adopt an allocation
> system following the suggestions of Professors Mueller
> and McKnight (see The Post-COM Internet: A Five-Step
> Process for Top Level Domain Additions - online at
> URL:
> http://dcc.syr.edu/miscarticles/NewTLDs-MM-LM.pdf) and
> of Professors Solum and Manheim (see An Economic
> Analysis of Domain Name Policy - online at URL:
> http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=410640)."
> http://www.cavebear.com/rw/senate-july-31-2003.htm
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