Re: [ga] Verisign's $200 million commitment for R&D spending
My understanding is that the expense is the effort they make on Atlas and
on the Unicode plug-in and their agreement with MS on that to take the
Asian market left by the Real Names closing. They then hope to propose
Atlas to the ccTLDs for multilingual DNs and to jointly offer seach
services with MS. Then to sweep back Europe with that kind of solution from
their results in Asia. It is not that stupid, but the implication in
termsof weak worldwide monopoly are concerning for all as the Internet
would mainly be either Verisign or alternate systems operators through the
standalone usage architecture. The only solution I see is to work on a
viable medium way which seems to gain progressive support (Cambera reprot,
GAC report ...).
On 06:36 10/07/02, George Kirikos said:
>I noticed in one of Verisign's agreement with ICANN, there is the
>In particular "During the period between the Effective Date of this
>Agreement and December 31, 2010, Registry Operator agrees to expend a
>minimum of US$200,000,000 for research, development, and infrastructure
>improvements to the .com, .net, and .org Registries (the
>Does anyone know how much of this VRSN has already spent? Given today's
>stock price carnage, their market cap is close to $1 billion now, so
>$200 million represents a significant future outlay relative to their
>net worth (when VRSN was at a $30 Billion market cap, it was
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