[At-Large] Fwd: [] Final Issue Report on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures

John R. Levine johnl at iecc.com
Thu Dec 10 15:05:30 UTC 2015

> I do not understand this wringing of hands over the fact that some of
> the flowers that bloom die.

Havinng looked at about 1/3 of the applications, a lot of the new gTLDs 
had plans that can be summarized as create .FOOBAR TLD for the foobar 
community, get millions of registrations, PROFITS!!!  They waxed lyrical 
about the communities they'd serve with no indication of why the members 
of the alleged community would want to buy a .FOOBAR for $30 rather than 
.COM or ccTLD for $15, if they even wanted to buy a domain name at all.

Nearly all of the new TLDs are operated by about six large existing 
registries, so when new TLDs fail, the likely result is that the operator 
will take it over and run it directly so long as it has enough registrants 
to pay its ongoing costs.  If it doesn't, the number of people affected is 
small, and they'll have a year or so to move somewhere else.

One vanity TLD, .DOOSAN, has already decided to shut down but since they 
never put any names in it, that doesn't affect anyone other than the 
stockholders who wasted half a million dollars on it.


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