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Recent moves by Network Solutions
I am confused about Network Solutions is trying
to do with its latest moves. I was under the impression that domain name
registration was going to opened to competition. It appears that Network
Solutions is not acting in good faith, but instead it is doing everything it can
to hamper and suppress those efforts in order to maintain its dominance and
squelch any developing competition. There seems to be tremendous conflict
of interest developing.
I am currently in the process of starting up a
domain name registration company, and I hope to be applying for registrar
accreditation soon. I will be in direct competition with Network
Solutions. Given that Network Solutions has been the sole keeper of the
domain name database and has registered over 4 million names, it already has an
overwhelming advantage. Currently, Network Solutions has a monopoly.
How is the developing competition going to register future users of the
Internet, if all roads lead to Network Solutions, the preeminent
The purpose of ICANN and the work of a lot of
dedicated people will go for not, if ICANN does not take action to insure that
competition will become a reality. It is not enough to simply provide an
accreditation process and establish a shared domain name database.
ICANN is going to have to find a way to
protect these developing companies or there will be no real competition.
To avoid a conflict of interest situation, Network Solutions must in some way be
restrained from interfering with the development of a future industry. All
I am asking for is a fair chance to compete.
I would very much appreciate hearing from you
with regards to my comments.
Steven R. Coates