ICANN to allow commercial gTLDs

Patrick W. Gilmore patrick at ianai.net
Fri Jun 17 22:00:25 UTC 2011

On Jun 17, 2011, at 5:44 PM, Paul Graydon wrote:
> On 06/17/2011 11:33 AM, David Conrad wrote:
>> On Jun 17, 2011, at 11:23 AM, Jay Ashworth wrote:
>>>>> http://tech.slashdot.org/story/11/06/17/202245/
>>>> You just learned about this now?
>>> In fact I did.  I certainly haven't seen it mentioned on NANOG in the last 6
>>> months or so; where should I have seen it?
>> New TLDs have been discussed now for over a decade.  Press (both technical and popular) on ICANN activities have ratcheted up significantly recently, particularly with the approval of .XXX (which was recently discussed here on NANOG: http://mailman.nanog.org/pipermail/nanog/2011-March/034488.html). Not blaming/accusing, just surprised this would be a surprise. I guess I've been living in the layer9 cloud too long....
>> Regards,
>> -drc
> I've seen the stuff about adding a few extra TLDs, like XXX.  I haven't seen any references until now of them considering doing it on a commercial basis.   I don't mind new TLDs, but company ones are crazy and going to lead to a confusing and messy internet.

Yeah, 'cause it's not messy & confusing already....

The Internet is a business, ICANN wants money (despite their non-profit status - check out how much the execs get paid).

Companies want $FOO.  They get $FOO, because they PAY FOR THE INTERNET.  Without them, we all don't have jobs.

As for calling ICANN stupid, thinking this will help fracture the 'Net, I think you are all confused.  I think the NANOG community has become (OK, always was) a bit of an echo chamber.  Trust me when I say we are the minority.  Most people think very differently, and we better accept that if we hope to affect things outside our little group.


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