[registrars] no to .TV
Dear fellow Registrars,
I did receive FedEx package today with all paperwork
for becoming .TV Registrar.
After reviewing it I say NO. Here is why.
1. If a country is selling their nations pride, I'm not a buyer.
2. For reasons beyond my knowledge ICANN
supports shortage of General Top Level Domains*.
This creates big bugs business for entrepreneurs like .TV. They
in turn sponsor ICANN, which closes the circle.
Lack of choices leads to high prices like $50 per
.TV domain. I want this to STOP and I pledge my humble
contribution by saying NO to .TV
3. It is seen from the paper that over $4 million go each year to
the country of Tuvalu Island for their 10,000 people. This is
$400 annual income per capita. They better go to work. I'm
not a contributor.
4. The cost of domain name maintenance and support is $2 per year.
NSI is selling it at $6. It is a little bit steep but we all agree and
for it. .TV is asking us to pay $37.50 per domain - this is way to high.
5. Country domains should belong to the country they are assigned to.
I suggest that ICANN takes away names from countries, selling their
For the very same reasons I say NO to .ws .cc .mu etc.
Fellow Registrars, if you find my thinking reasonable, say NO to .TV and
a letter to ICANN demanding more general top level domains. Applications
from over 35 applicants* were rejected by ICANN in November for no reason.
All of them were planning to offer their proposed domains to Registrars
from $4 to $15. The competition will draw those numbers even lower.
* Disclaimer. My company Abacus is one of the applicants for new TLD.
We proposed .biz .fam .cool .inc and .xxx Our application was rejected,
despite the fact that 4 out of 5 domains we proposed made the top 10 list
by independent MSNBC poll of public opinion and despite the fact the
study by Harvard Law school selected our application as the best in it's
Application for reconsideration is pending with ICANN.
ABACUS America Inc.
Ste 880, 4660 La Jolla Village Dr.
San Diego, CA, 92122