ICANN opens up Pandora's Box of new TLDs

Zaid Ali zaid at zaidali.com
Thu Jun 26 20:54:00 UTC 2008

I hear from my friend's attending ICANN in Paris that there are tons  
of business folks who want to scoop up a gTLD. I haven't heard of  
anything that will be structured so looks like it will be a blood bath.


On Jun 26, 2008, at 1:34 PM, Ken Simpson wrote:

>> Two years ago I posed the question here about the need for TLDs
>> (http://www.mcabee.org/lists/nanog/May-06/msg00110.html).
>> I summerizsed that companies IP (Intellectual Property) guidelines
>> would never allow domain.org to exist if they owned domain.com
>> (ibm.org vrs ibm.com).    I felt that TLDs really represented a
>> monetary harvesting scheme as every new TLD forced companies to "pay
>> for yet another domain name" (slowly milking businesses).   At that
>> time several knowledgeable folks commented that TLDs  were necessary
>> in the beginning due to the need to distribute queries.   Now it
>> seems, ICANN has decided to add a new paradigm :-)   How will a TLD
>> like .ibm be handled now, and how is this different than what I
>> proposed in 2006?
> How will ICANN be allocating these? An auction format? It will be a  
> blood bath otherwise.. And for abuse and spam, this is a nightmare.

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