Sponsored TLD Unnecessary? Ron Andruff Responds to Forrester Research

Sponsored TLD Unnecessary? Ron Andruff Responds to Forrester Research
A recent report released by Forrester Research last week has put the .travel sponsored top-level domain under the microscope — calling the sTLD “Nice, But Not Necessary”. Although this 4-page report (sold for US$49.00) has singled out the .travel domain, its critical arguments might very well apply to the nature of most sponsored top-level domains currently in existence — or under review: ‘.mobi’, ‘.jobs’, ‘.museum’, ‘.coop’, ‘.xxx’ and others. CircleID has invited Ron Andruff, President and CEO of Tralliance, the registry for .travel, to respond to arguments made in this report.
http://www.circleid.com/posts/travel_domain_name_respond_to_forrester_research/

ICANN, At the Crossroads by Bret Fausett

ICANN, At the Crossroads by Bret Fausett
Several things are coming together in the next few months that place ICANN squarely at a crossroads. Will ICANN approve the proposed Verisign agreement? What will the courts say about ICANN’s authority over those with which it has contracts? Will ICANN approve a new .XXX top-level domain? What changes will ICANN make in the role of the Government Advisory Committee to appease governments? Will the IGF look to have a role in ICANN oversight? What will happen when ICANN’s current Memorandum of Understanding with the United States expires in September, 2006? The questions all revolve around a single axis: is ICANN the right organization for the coordination and regulatory task it has been assigned?
http://blog.lextext.com/blog/_archives/2006/2/24/1778130.html