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Re: [wg-c] CONSENSUS CALL -- selecting the gTLDs in the initialrollout
On Sun, 12 Mar 2000, Milton Mueller wrote:
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Kent Crispin" <email@example.com>
> > Why? It would be perfectly reasonable for ICANN to say "Yes, we think
> > that your idea for the '.foo' TLD is excellent, but we understand quite
> > well why you wouldn't want to run it, and accept your suggestion to put
> > it out for bid. In the extremely unlikely case that there are no
> > acceptable bids, then of course we won't use it."
> Kent is saying that groups could propose, and ICANN accept, TLDs WITHOUT the
> proposer having arranged for specific contracts or operational arrangements
> to actually register names. That position seems unworkable, and antithetical
> to the emerging consensus.
It isn't unworkable at all, and in fact is much more "bottom-up" if done
properly. Allowing the community to decide what TLDs are most desireable
and then having ICANN put out bids for those TLDs is a much more equitable
way of determining which TLDs should be introduced and whom they should be
operated by. The alternative is yet another in the continuing
series of arbitrary ICANN-board decisions.
Earth is a single point of failure.