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Re: Google Wants to Create a Dotless Domain Called "Search"..?
From: "Scott Weeks" <surfer () mauigateway com>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 23:28:20 -0700

I believe that unstoppable force is called the want of money.

However, the pressure from the community was overwhelming to open up the 
process again, and continued unabated from a time even before the 2000 
round was closed. Whatever criticisms you can lay at the feet of ICANN, 
especially in recent years, "greed for new TLDs" is not one of them.

Disclaimer, I followed the ICANN process closely from the beginning, and 
was a founding member of the SSAC from 2001 until I joined the staff in 
2003. I left the ICANN staff in 2005, but remain deeply interested in 
what it does, and how it does it.

Ok, I'll take some of that back as I have not followed it as closely as 
I should to make a statement like that.  And I'm not looking to troll
because I'm as tired of that as anyone here.  I need to find out what 
community it was you speak of that produced the overwhelming pressure.  
Why I said it:


The gTLD evaluation fee is required from all applicants. This fee is in 
the amount of USD 185,000"

"The fee for a three-member RSTEP review team is anticipated to be USD 

"adjudication fees for a proceeding involving a fixed amount could range 
from USD 2,000 to USD 8,000 (or more) per proceeding. ICANN further 
estimates that an hourly rate based proceeding with a one-member panel 
could range from USD 32,000 to USD 56,000 (or more) and with a three-member 
panel it could range from USD 70,000 to USD 122,000 (or more)."


Seems a lot to someone like me.  Hopefully my explanation won't light 
flame throwers.  I just want to explain my statement.


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