Steve Phillips wrote:
Why then is the generic Internet domain space (keeping
in mind that .us
reserved for US based naming) suddenly belong to an
entity to do with as
they please ?
It has not been sudden. NSI were taken over by Verisign a very long time
ago. They have been doing as they please for a very long time also.
keeping in mind also that .com, .edu, .org, .net and
so on were not "USA
reserved" but rather, generic TLD's that grew out of a legacy system and
everyone in the world used - surely some hick-arse little corporate suit
the USA cant have the right to suddenly wake up and
say "hey, i think I'll
screw the Interweb up for everyone today" and proceed to do just that ?
I think you'll find you're wrong - some H_ALCS in the USA can, has, and did
wake up and screw the Internet...
If this is the case then surely, if the Internet is to
continue to be a
viable medium and move on then this sort of thing should have controls
that people _at least_ know in advance that this is
about to happen and
prepare for it.
Yup, yup yup - now let's talk about reality... The political and marketing
aspirations of some USA corporations significantly outweigh their desire to
abide by accepted practices. If it is legal to do something, then they will
do it, and moral and ethical behaviours don't enter the equation.
Where was the notification ?
Interesting quote 1: "Vinton Cerf, one of the Internet's main designers and
chairman of a key oversight board for domain names, said the service could
violate long-standing Internet standards."
Interesting quote 2: ""Right now, VeriSign's business is not a growing
business, and anything that they do to add the slightest amount of growth is
going to be positive," said Gene Munster, an analyst with U.S. Bancorp Piper
Yet Versign themselves report at
"Network Solutions added approximately 430,000 new domain names during the
second quarter of 2003" and "Network Solutions ended Q2 '03 with 8.6
active domain names". Correct me if I'm wrong, but that equates to 5%
growth, and 5% growth per quarter equates to 20% per annum. There are very
few businesses on the planet that can boast 20% growth per annum...