RE: Read this...Re: offtopic for NANOG - do not read

@ At 04:31 PM 04/26/97 -0400, Vince Wolodkin wrote:
@ >The only
@ >thing NSI has truly done that is awful is their TM dispute policy, and
@ >the IAHC has taken that very thing under its own wing.
@ Unfortunately for the Internet community, NSI has made it clear that it
@ doesn't plan to yield any control over .COM to anyone else, ever:
@ Networks Solutions seemed more definite. "It is not our
@ intention to share .com or the others [domains] we
@ register," Network Solutions spokesman
@ Christopher Clough said. "Those would obviously [be]
@ assets that we've developed . . . much as Microsoft
@ wouldn't share DOS," its proprietary software.
@ Network Solutions favors competition, but only in the
@ registration of new types of domains, Clough said.
@ (Network Solutions Dropped as Registrar Of Internet
@ Domains, By David S. Hilzenrath, April 24 1997; The Washington Post.)
@ Thus, it seems likely that (barring a shift in control over .COM) NSI would
@ continue forever, carrying out its awful policy and putting innocent domain
@ name owners out of business.
@ The only way that innocent domain name owners will have the cloud of NSI's
@ awful domain name policy lifted from their heads is if indeed the control
@ over .COM shifts elsewhere. So far as I can see, the most likely way for
@ that to happen is if IAHC's plans move forward and are put into place.

People and companies can now register in
other domains than .COM.

Why would a company want a .COM domain
when they can have something more expressive ?

Because when users on 99% of the internet send mail to them, it will
work. As opposed to when they send mail to you, and get back this
confusing message telling them that the domain name "unir.corp" cannot
be found, and that their mail cannot be delivered.

It seems to me that that would only express to the consumer that the
business they're trying to contact doesn't know how to connect to the

Luckily, no one that I support has come to me asking why they can't
access a domain outside of the traditional TLDs. They'd probably just
think it was a typo anyways.