Re: [ga-roots] Capture and Diversion (was Smart Browsers)
On Fri, May 04, 2001 at 10:37:30AM -0700, Kristy McKee wrote:
> Yes, and if I'm understanding correctly; then we need a consensus about how
> the GA feels about participating with the other services, including those
> like New.net's.
> I personally am not pleased with the idea that the ICANN can just take away
> anyones established business
It's called "competition". You put up alternate roots in competition
with the real root. That was a silly thing to do, perhaps, but
complaints about your own failure to compete effectively seem just a
> any time they please
You really meant to say "after more than a year of intense and
controversy laden debate".
> - it's not legal in the
Of course it's legal.
> so I have difficulties understanding why ICANN would start off with
But you are a competitor to ICANN. ORSC, TLDA, etc -- they are all
trying to set up a system in competition with ICANN. There is nothing
illegal about that (though the special nature of the DNS root might
warrant an exception), just as there is nothing illegal about some
companies being forced out of business due to competition. Happens all
Let's be clear: What is in competition are different ways of managing
the root zone.
ICANN represents a particular system for managing the root zone. It's a
complex, unwieldy, and controversial system, but it has commanding
market share, support (sometimes grudging) of governments, large
business, the Internet engineering community, and other stakeholders.
It has baroque representational structures, and it has complex rules
regarding international involvement.
ORSC, TLDA, and all the other alternate root organizations advocate
their competing systems for managing the root zone, and implement their
own strategies in their own versions of the root zone. They
collectively command an infinitesimal market share, and have only the
support of a tiny comunity of would-be registry operators. (New.net is
an interesting possible exception, but even some alternate root
proponents believe that they are merely a transient).
People who set up registries in the alternate roots are betting that
their scheme of root-zone management will prevail. This is a
very high risk entrepreneurial activity -- if you win, the payoff will
be huge, but the odds of winning are very small.
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