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morel

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Although I gave this document only a cursory reading, I don't think that it spells the end of the WLS.

This document is, of course, a task force recommendation for ICANN. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't ICANN have a long history of ignoring outside recommendations and/or the public? Isn't that why there is so much clamor right now to restructure ICANN, because all of their decisions are done internally?

The Task Force realizes this, as they state that it "takes into account that the ICANN Board may not accept the policy recommendations noted above for a variety of reasons". I think that this is probably an understatement.
 

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Your links are a few weeks out of date. This was already voted upon by the Names Council, see:

http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/council/Arc10/msg00397.html

"Philip Sheppard moved for a vote of adoption for the report as a whole.

15 voted in favour, 3 voted against (gTLD constituency) 1 abstention and
Greg Ruth was absent, no proxy given.

The motion carried.
Decision 3: Report adopted"

The final report is at:

http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/council/Arc10/msg00398.html

By the margin of the vote, it becomes a "Consensus Recommendation" to the ICANN Board. My own analysis of what this means is:

http://www.dnso.org/clubpublic/ga/Arc10/msg02975.html

among other places. Should have a decision from ICANN soon....

Sincerely,

George
 

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I agree with your predictions except for the last point.


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predictions:

1) WLS is denied by the ICANN Board by this time next week.
2) SnapNames downsizes, and reduces its price for SnapBacks back to
$49. I don't think they'll go bankrupt, as they have a great service,
although it should not be a monopoly service in my opinion (thus my
opposition to WLS). The downsizing would mostly affect the "political"
employees of SnapNames (i.e. those mostly doing non-technical lobbying
activities), so I don't see this as a bad thing, because those
employees aren't truly "productive" in an economic sense, producing
valuable goods and services for consumers. I expect them to end up with
15 or so employees, a tight group.
3) SnapNames probably introduces an auction service for domain
resellers/buyers to complement their SnapBacks (i.e. competing against
GreatDomains and Afternic), and becomes the top auction marketplace.
4) Verisign renegotiates its R&D commitments of $200 million with
ICANN, to save money (I think they can get it down to $100 million with
not many people caring).
5) The expired names marketplace sees more and more competition and
innovation, with benefits to registrars and consumers.
6) Verisign eventually gets bought out by IBM or Microsoft, for under
$2 billion (2 or 3 year time frame). :)
 
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I believe Verisign is starting to show their power now in forcing WLS in.

Key contention is, ICANN screwed them big time.:eek:
 

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drname:

i like your creativity. screenplay writing in the dnforum world awaits you!! you do live in hollywood, don't you?

:cool:
 
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