[At-Large] Verisign Got the .com renewal - until 2018

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Sun Dec 2 02:18:08 UTC 2012

Thanks for the additional details.  It makes the case - what is possible
when the USG negotiates with a commercial entity, albeit American.  Sure,
the report lacks the drama of crude demonstrations of asymmetrical power.
And yes, we understand it better than you would know.

FWIW...and for those of you who might not yet be up to speed on references
to the United States Government elsewhere,  Uncle Sam is a colloquial for
the United States Government.


Carlton A Samuels
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On Sat, Dec 1, 2012 at 11:34 AM, John R. Levine <johnl at iecc.com> wrote:

> >> ..but had to swallow a price freeze on domain names except under
> 'special
> >> circumstances'.  What's a body to do when your Uncle Sam slaps you
> upside
> >> the head!
> >
> > Interesting! Would you take this as an undue 'governmental
> > interference'.... parminder
> The latest .COM renewal is the 32nd modification to a contract with the US
> government that originally dates from the early 1990s, and predates
> ICANN's existence by many years.  The versions of the contract are all
> published on the US Department of Commerce web site.  This is not the
> first time the pricing rules have changed, nor the first time the prices
> have decreased.
> As we say in the US, that horse left the barn a long time ago.  I'm kind
> of surprised that people who are intrested in Internet governance wouldn't
> be familiar with the contracts that control the largest TLD.
> Regards,
> John Levine, johnl at iecc.com, Primary Perpetrator of "The Internet for
> Dummies",
> Please consider the environment before reading this e-mail. http://jl.ly
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