(It's always a bummer when ietf-general turns into ICANN-general, but
in this case it seems like a useful discussion because the IETF will
probably be asked policy questions for various proposed TLDs.)
At 10:17 AM -0400 7/2/08, Thomas Narten wrote:
> In a more sane world, no one rational would want to build a
business or other activity around a TLD named "local". But
this is demonstrably not a sane world.
Right. I can see the business case for this. :-(
But at least in the first round, the barrier to entry is so high that
I don't see that sort of thing as being viable.
Then you're not being creative enough.
The figure $100K for
a TLD application is what is floating around at the moment, though
that number is not nailed down definitively.
...nor justified financially...
For much of the domain tasting related activities, a fundamental
premise was that the cost of using a name was very low (i.e., zero,
while the AGP was being leveraged).
If that was true, then a domain that was popular but lost its name
due to negligence in renewal should be able to buy it back from the
taster for a few hundred bucks. Instead, the price I have heard more
than once is tens of thousands of dollars.
Without doing a lot of business research and probably some traffic
capture, you can't estimate the value of .local or a TLD that is a
typo but not really infringing of a popular search term. We scoff at
people who say "it would be easy to just add privacy to that
protocol"; they should scoff at us for making wild guesses about
values in a huge, unregulated business that is less than ten years
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