[NA-Discuss] NA RALO response to DOC letter
John R. Levine
johnl at iecc.com
Fri Jan 7 22:54:51 UTC 2011
> What should NA RALO's response be?
> For context, here's what Milton Mueller has to say:
DOC is right, and Milt is wrong. Milt is always wrong, so this shouldn't
be a big surprise.
Attempts to introduce "competition" into the DNS via adding TLDs have
been, in case anyone has had their eyes shut for the past decade, a
complete failure. The only change that actually has made a difference is
the registry/registrar split.
Look at .INFO and .BIZ to see whether clones of existing TLDs add
competition. Look at .AERO, .COOP, .JOBS, .TRAVEL, and .MUSEUM to see
whether topical TLDs add competition. Look at .ASIA, .CAT, and the
rebranded .LA to see whether geographic TLDs add competition. Or look at
.PRO and .TEL and .MOBI to see whether service-specific TLDs add
There was a real issue about non-ASCII TLDs which appears to be addressed
by the IDN fast track. What's left? At this point the only justification
for adding thousands of TLDs is that ICANN always assumed they would, and
they and their hangers on will make a lot of money. If the argument is
that new TLDs will add meaningful competition, nobody's offered a
plausible explanation yet of how that will happen.
John Levine, johnl at iecc.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for Dummies",
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