2015-06-24

ICANN New gTLD Auctions? Watch the FCC Spectrum Auction (video)

When it came to ICANN's new gTLDs' auctions, the highest bidders (deepest pockets) always had the power--so much for the public interest. Or was ICANN just interested in raising money to expand offices, and pay lavish amounts to ICANN staff, officers, directors, and favored contractors? Multi-stakeholderism sure pays! No wonder, the lobbyists are the stakeholders who make the rules! In ICANN, all stakeholders are equal, but some are more equal than others!

Government, or at least good government, is a different model--Hey ICANN fragilista watch how the FCC ends up conducting the upcoming spectrum auction--


The Battle for Wireless Freedom: The Fight to #DefeatDuopoly - Don’t let the evil duopoly take control of your mobile internet! It’s up to YOU to tell the @FCC reserve 40 MHz of the valuable resource called low-band spectrum and save wireless choice! Tweet at the @FCC and Take Action at savewirelesschoice.com to tell them you want to keep competition alive! (Published on Jun 22, 2015)

domain name: savewirelesschoice.com

More information: How the future of US wireless service hangs on a government auction - CNET: "... Smaller operators such as T-Mobile say they can't go head-to-head with deep-pocketed competitors AT&T and Verizon, which have enough money to easily outspend anyone. The FCC recognizes this challenge, and it agreed last year to restrict the participation of AT&T and Verizon in the auction by setting aside some spectrum for T-Mobile and other smaller carriers to bid on. It's not enough. T-Mobile and the rest of its coalition are asking the agency to increase the size of this reserve. Without this increase, T-Mobile argues, AT&T and Verizon will dominate the auction and shut out competitors. T-Mobile executives say getting the FCC to increase the reserve of spectrum in the auction is not just important for T-Mobile and its customers, but for all wireless customers and industry competition. "Every consumer in America loses," CEO John Legere wrote in a recent blog post. "You'll face higher bills, stifled innovation, crappy customer service -- all the usual AT&T and Verizon treatment! It would be a nightmare for American wireless consumers!"..."

How many of ICANN's new gTLDs does Donuts have? So much for promoting competition! 

Ask any domain name registrant--are your annual renewal registration fees higher for new gTLDs or .COM?
We are not running out of domains. This [new gTLDs] is a way for registries and registrars to make money. --Esther Dyson

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