Verisign's public opinion play

we're only upset because Verisign makes money off of this.

I'm sure that is a factor too.

Verisign have a contract to operate a shared registry, as a monopoly is
unreasonable, but hijack it to make a different service that nobody
else gets to bid for running.

If such a service were a feasible use of this public resource
there'd be an open process to bid for running it and some of
the rewards would go to public services in return for that