2014-01-28

ICANN, new gTLDs, internet access, developing countries

Won't do any good to buy a new gTLD in the developing world until affordable internet access becomes available (see excerpt below). Wonder if anyone at ICANN thought about that before their explosion of new gTLDs --

In Developing Countries, Google and Facebook Already Defy Net Neutrality | MIT Technology Review: "... Internet access is expensive in developing countries—exorbitantly so for the vast majority of people ... “In the United States it’s practically free for you to get on Google and Facebook, as Wi-Fi is almost everywhere or cheap relative to income. Here, that’s not the case,” he says. “It’s a different relationship to the Internet when you only get it on your phone, and you don’t have a traditional Internet connection at home or work.”..."

Of course, if you're ICANN you can do anything and get away with it since ICANN is not accountable to anyone but itself.




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