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Re: [ga-roots] Re: Criminalization of alt roots

On Wed, May 02, 2001 at 10:24:01PM -0400, L Gallegos wrote:
> It is time that ICANN/DoC realize that that they are, in fact, a part of a 
> much larger world than the one root or root system and find a way to 
> cooperate.

You have this exactly backward.  It is the various root consortia that 
have to work around ICANN.

For all its faults, it is a simple fact that ICANN has conferred with a
far, far larger range of stakeholders than any of the alternate roots --
new.net, the largest of those efforts, doesn't have a hundredth of the
representational infrastructure that ICANN does; the other groups, like
ORSC and TLDA, are basically just little clubs. 

Where is the at-large membership, or the "GA" of the TLDA, pray tell?
What representation does the TLDA have from business groups, from
intellectual property groups, from the user community? In fact, the TLDA
has none of these things. 

Yet the TLDA would have us substitute *its* processes (basically being a
member of a club) for selection of new TLD operators over those of
ICANN.  Ain't gonna happen. 

The fact is that in any kind of fair competition the atlantic root
network, orsc, iodesign etc simply couldn't compete against companies
like Neustar -- they would be toast before they knew what hit them.  The
only reason they exist at all is that they have played fast and loose
with the rules while the big companies abided by the rules. 

Kent Crispin                               "Be good, and you will be
kent@songbird.com                           lonesome." -- Mark Twain
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