Monopoly Bestowed on Verisign is Unjustified

Verisign is the huge provider of technical registry services. The grossly-profitable company has been allowed to manage the lucrative .com domain names (as well as .net, .edu, .gov, etc).

Oddly, there has been no competitive tender to determine which company is given the extremely valuable contract. Is this a recipe for corruption? Why has Verisign been bestowed a no-bid, presumptive right of renewal for their .com operations?

We hope that Verisign's position will be challenged by another operator who can provide equivalent or better services at a substantially lower price. And now Verisign is seeking to raise the annual fee they charge every owner of a .com domain.

There is substantial movement of personnel and informal contact between key private sector firms, Verisign, special-interest groups, and ICANN, the global organization charged with oversight. Each organization needs certain pivotal people, and transfers can easily generate conflicts of interest. Is there sufficient transparency and oversight to avoid fraud, nepotism, bribery and corruption? 

With the Verisign monopoly generating billions of dollars in a no-bid arrangement, it appears collusive, likely unjustified, and perhaps corrupt.

Read more:
Verisign increase of Fees Unjustified   (link)


Rely on Conglomerates? Bad Consequences

It is vital for businesses to control your own domain and web presence.

Rick Schwartz (RicksBlog.com) explains it clearly:
"While first contact may be made on social media, follow up contact should be done within the confines of your own website. It is a HUGE business mistake to allow these third parties [Google, Facebook, Apple and Twitter] such control of your business and lives.

If you are opening an online business and dependent on Google for your traffic, GOOD LUCK!! Google traffic is a BONUS. Your job is to use all other sources FIRST! If Facebook or Twitter is where you conduct customer service, it's FOOLISH at best! Your #1 job is to transition them off of these platforms and to your website!

These 3rd parties are TOOLS, they are not FOUNDATIONS! The domain name is the ONLY foundation you can control on the Internet."

o.com = Opportunity

No .com domain exists using the standard single Latin letter o.

There has been talk and conjecture, and Verisign recently floated a strategy to offer o.com for auction to benefit non-profit causes.

Some companies already are trying to do business in that space, hoping a trademark on the still non-existent address might offer some priority. The firm Overstock.com, Inc. seems to have USA protection for various retail goods as well as vehicles, etc. -- claiming protection in many class codes!

Intellectual property & domain lawyer John Berryhill wrote about this process ten years ago (link) - calling this trademark registration process, when the domain is unavailable, as "phony" and deserving of contempt. Nonetheless, firms must be cautious of infringement.


Franchising your .com

Many smaller businesses building local success have potential to sell their system to entrepreneurs elsewhere. Franchising leverages your experience into much bigger success.

But don't forget the vital importance of marketing!

Your country-code specific domain was perhaps OK in a small market, but for a wider global business, choose .com

This means good top-level cc-tld domains should be supplemented with .com

Plan for the Future!
Don't wait to get the .com additional to cc-tld domains such as .cn (China), .jp (Japan), .au (Australia), .se (Sweden), .de (Germany), .uk (United Kingdom), .ch (Switzerland), .kr (Korea), .in (India), etc.

We were contacted by a good business in Australia [Good Luck to them!] with great franchising potential doing business via http://www.seoulbistro.com.au

They were attracted to our seoulbistro.com domain, and offered a few hundred dollars. We wanted about a thousand dollars. Would adding seoulbistro.com bring them more opportunity? Sure!  But we've been unable to do a deal.

We continue to believe Seoulbistro.com can be flagship brand for a global chain of Korean restaurants. Our digital asset (domain) reflects powerful spiciness of a Korean kitchen! Our early position provides advantage to promote a Korean restaurant franchise or to launch our own bistro chain.

Place Marketing: Paths to Success

Cities, towns and regions around the world compete for resources, needing to attract tourism and investment. Good places need jobs and skilled people.

Development agencies & tourist boards wanting to make their areas more dynamic must develop competitive strategies, or neighbor regions working smarter & harder will win business, taking away top resources.

A TOP WEBSITE is vital, and competitiveness demands at least a two-prong approach. You must develop a permanent base, while also building themed promotions lasting months or perhaps a few years.

Be intuitive! The permanent base must clearly convey what you do! For destination marketing & place appeal, your organization should operate from the .com at
[ Place ][ brand ] or perhaps [ Brand ][ place ]

These truly should be better developed.  Each (now) available For Sale:

SFBrand.com
FinlandBrand.com
SwedenBrand.com
BrandLondon.com
BeijingBrand.com
BrandTokyo.com
IsraelBrand.com
RussiaBrand.com
SaudiArabiaBrand.com
EmiratesBrand.com
BrandSaudiArabia.com
BrandSouthKorea.com
BrandSwiss.com
CaymansBrand.com
EnglandBrand.com
BrandStockholm.com
BahamasBrand.com
BeverlyHillsBrand.com
BrandCopenhagen.com
BrandFinland.com
BrandMonteCarlo.com
BrandNorway.com
BrandSaudi.com
BrandSeoul.com
CopenhagenBrand.com
DenmarkBrand.com
FranceBrand.com
GangnamBrand.com
HelsinkiBrand.com
MonteCarloBrand.com
NewYorkCityBrand.com
NorwayBrand.com
RivieraBrand.com
SeoulBrand.com
SouthKoreaBrand.com
BrandHavana.com
BrandNY.com
BrandHelsinki.com
BrandBrunei.com
BrandSwitzerland.com
BritishBrand.com
BrandCuba.com
DelawareBrand.com
JejuBrand.com
BrandSweden.com
JerusalemBrand.com
KentuckyBrand.com
TennesseeBrand.com
BelizeBrand.com
SeattleBrand.com



WHY IDN.com

International Domain Names, IDN, now allow the worldwide information access at addresses other than in English.

Great positive change! For many years, only the Romanized "abc" could be used for web addresses.

But as Korea uses .ko and China uses .cn and Japan uses .jp -- why bother to use .com ???

Surely in the case of China, millions of people read Chinese and live elsewhere. Some are not ethnically Chinese.

Use of .com de-emphasizes Chinese-origin. Take away the political dimension of using .cn in times of trade wars or territorial disputes such as over sections of the South China Sea.

Products may be made elsewhere for the Chinese market.  etc etc.

Buy the  .com  if you can!   Make Customers Happy.

Your Best Domain -- BUY NOW

Want a premium domain name?

It's an important decision for business success. Don't become fixated on cost of the domain - You must think instead of costs to not have that name.

Failing to earn $50 per day if you owned the great name:
One year loss = 365 x 50 = $18,250.

Twenty-five year loss = $456,250.  Nearly a half-million dollars!

Don't wait. Bite the bullet &  BUY your best domain NOW

https://strongestbrands.com

Open Many Doors for More Contacts

Skilled Professional:
Your Web presence should include IDN and otherwise.

Well-designed homes have multiple entrances.
Any easily-recalled word can route visitors to an associated homepage.

Add streams of direct navigation traffic:
Benefit from forwarding / redirect or domain pointing
type-in IDN.com >> for example, 子.com
Help consumers to find you. Position yourself: The Established Authority:
book.com = books.com = bn.com = barnesandnoble.com

Here's a simple forwarding page:
(Load as default.htm and change URL and TITLE)

<HTML>
<META HTTP-EQUIV=REFRESH CONTENT="0; URL=http://xn--i8s.com">
<TITLE>Child</TITLE>
<BODY BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF" TEXT="#FFFFFF" LINK="#FFFFFF" VLINK="#FFFFFF" ALINK="#FFFFFF">
<br>
</BODY>
</HTML>

Add great IDN gateways now, before costs soar.

Beautiful may be Best!
Catch human imagination.
Link a great concept to your products & services.
Forward people to your products & services.
More profits from More Access.

Twelve Domains?



Most users don’t understand they can have MANY easily-remembered keyword domains in multiple languages feeding leads into their main site. So not A or B — but A plus B plus C plus D …

Use simple forwarders to expand business footprint & effectiveness.

example:
You are "Bill's Beds" and make the "Heaven Mattress" in Texas
your main site is maybe BillsBeds.com

But if you can, get keywords (in English & Spanish):
bill.com
bills.com
bed.com
mattress.com
sleep.com
heaven.com
rest.com  
cama.com
colchón.com
dormir.com
cielo.com
descanso.com

Texasbed.com
Texasmattress.com

You want names people hear once and remember. They forward to your main page. Allow people to access your online business from many doors and bridges. After you've bought such domains, each costs only about $10 annually - even one lead a year makes diversification worthwhile.

Are You an IP Broker?

My company actively sells domain names. We develop some properties, and often earn rent for advertising.

I could be called a "domainer"

But there are alternate titles, perhaps more precise:

  • Intellectual Property (IP) Broker
  • IP Salesman
  • IP Merchant
  • IP Marketer


Dot Com is King

There are key benefits to a .com domain over a cc-TLD (country code top-level domain, such as .uk or .au).

Surnames / corporate names are great examples. "Garcia" is common to many countries. "Hernández" is the most common family name in Mexico, and widespread in Spain, the Philippines, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and elsewhere. Only one person can own Hernández.com



Many Hernández cousins want this name.
Each domain can also host unlimited great email addresses.

We see bias & preference among many potential customers. Some 300,000 Finns who speak Swedish as their mother tongue (without being Swedish) may dislike using suffix .se 

Millions more non-Swedes who speak Swedish may prefer .com

Internet Treasures

A few thousand written characters are used worldwide. The majority are Chinese, many of these same characters are used in Japanese, and most have become .com domains.

Symbols and emoji also exist, although very few are allowed registration as .com domains.

Only three (3) single-character ASCII domain names are allowed & operational as .com

Q


X


Z



The above three domains registered long ago were "grandfathered" - each is now worth multi-million dollars, because few single-character names exist. But hundreds of single-character.com exist in other languages!

Each International Domain Names (IDN) can be both typed on a specialty keyboard (as used in each appropriate nation), or entered using "puncode" - an alternative input method for limited Western-language keyboards. Punycode always begins with these four characters: xn--

Of course, the domain owner decides content on each remarkable site.
They can market businesses or promote individuals.
Some make money advertising.

Single-character .com domain names are highly prestigious.
Single-character.com domain names are also fun. Get yours now!





Our World Ain't English

Many people are still in the dark about international domain names (IDN), and the fact your website or email address can use non-English characters. This has now been operational for over ten years!

But what about consumers with a standard English-language keyboard and no knowledge of alternative input methods?

How to handle such situations easily:

Build your full website on your true name using native characters.
For example,
Arté.com

Then build a forwarder on another English or Anglicized name,
for example, 
Arte-english.com
auto-forwarding to English-language page on your main IDN site.

Consumers can then bookmark either page.

SUCCESS !

Of course, the clever consumer knows also how to use punycode (xn--art-dma.com for the above Arté.com) or will quickly cut-and-paste.



Single-Character.com Unique

We offer a new investment portfolio of 520 single-character .com domains. Price for the total package is US$640,000. The portfolio consists of Chinese and Japanese .com domains.

In coming years we expect the value of this portfolio to grow tremendously. More and more organizations are discovering International Domain Names, and each of these domains has intrinsic and key meaning, pointing to value and credibility. Each is brief & to-the-point as a single character .com

Many users seek something uniquely special (and are willing to pay substantially).

Global Brand Appeal

Single-character.com Investment Portfolio

http://reorient.com/invest

Verisign: Billion Dollar NO BID Contract?

Against Proposed Renewal of six-year .NET registry agreement between ICANN and Verisign

Expected monopoly collection of revenues via exclusive no-bid contract :
One Billion US Dollars (approx. $1,000,000,000.00)

Regarding proposed .NET registry renewal posted by ICANN at:
https://www.icann.org/public-comments/net-renewal-2017-04-20-en
>>> public comment possible to 30 May 2017, 23:59 UTC

Summary Position of this Comment: STRONG OPPOSITION

It is irregular to award a huge monopoly contract with no open tender. Presumptive renewal of a contract this size is outside standard business practices, and reflects inadequate / substandard oversight, disregarding public interest. Opening this contract to competition will help lower user costs, largely eliminate unjustified windfall profits, and greatly reduce the appearance of potential corruption.

The reasoning for many changes in this contract is said to be "Updated for consistency with registry agreements for other gTLDs." But we understand the .NET Registry Monopoly is fundamentally unlike other registry agreements with the major exception of the .COM Registry Monopoly (also peremptorily arrogated to Verisign). Other commercial gTLDs passed through a competitive proposal & tendering process that both Verisign and ICANN would hereby dodge, giving the appearance of inappropriate collusion. This proposed renewal and its terms promise to harm consumers.

As of today (late May, 2017), the domain name base for .net is approximately 15,000,000 domains.

Considering approximately 15 million annual .NET registrations, and a contract term of six years, with Registry Operator service fee of US$8.20 and authorized increases of 10% at start of each calendar year
from July 2017: $8.20/yr  (assuming half year, 7.5m domains) Revenues: US$61,500,000
from Jan 2018: $9.02/yr  (15m domains)  Revenues:  US$135,300,000
from Jan 2019: $9.92/yr  (15m domains)  Revenues:  US$148,800,000
from Jan 2020: $10.91/yr  (15m domains)  Revenues:  US$163,650,000
from Jan 2021: $12.00/yr  (15m domains)  Revenues:  US$180,000,000
from Jan 2022: $13.20/yr  (15m domains)  Revenues:  US$198,000,000
from Jan 2023: $14.52/yr through June 30, 2023  (assuming half year, 7.5m domains) Revenues:  US$108,900,000

So this non-competitive ("sweetheart") agreement will generate total expected revenues of about One Billion US Dollars (US$996,150,000 without market growth). This situation demands competitive tendering.

The reasoning detailed above does not reflect immoderate or bad behavior by Verisign, a corporation richly rewarded with repeat non-bid contracts as the "authoritative directory" and "exclusive registry" of all .NET and .COM domain names.

During the six-year period of this agreement however, in my opinion, Verisign damaged the .NET and .COM brands, eroding ownership rights with poorly managed operations regarding transliterations of .NET and .COM into multiple languages. ICANN was involved in this process.

In 2012 Verisign applied to ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, for so-called gTLD internationalized domain name transliterations of .com and .net in assorted major languages. There's been many billions of dollars invested in existing .com and .net domains, so Verisign and ICANN needed to avoid controversy and the threat this process would erode ownership rights or seriously confuse the market.

International domain names (IDN) can be convenient for end-users typically operating in non-English scripts such as Cyrillic, Chinese, Arabic or Hindi, relieving the need to toggle between different text-input keyboards. ICANN oversaw expansion of the gTLD system. ICANN accepted Verisign's applications for transliterations of .com and .net in assorted major languages although Verisign had only temporary time-limited contracts as the "authoritative directory" and "exclusive registry" of all .NET and .COM domain names.

Verisign's policy on IDN.IDN implementation, and the rights protection format they proposed to follow, was very explicit, with a key objective: "Avoid costs to consumers and businesses from purely defensive registrations in the new gTLDs."  They asserted: "A registrant in one of the IDN TLDs, or a registrant of an IDN.com or IDN.net, will have the sole right, but not be required to register the exact same second level name across all or any of our IDN TLDs, including the .com or .net TLDs as applicable."

With this widely publicized explanation, Verisign avoided opposition by .net and .com owners against Verisign's planned offerings. Some of us registered IDN.net and IDN.com domains expecting our positions would be securely protected by Verisign.

Instead, Verisign launched the first of the transliterations (also termed "aliasing"), largely unconnected to existing .com ownership, although a Priority Access Program allowed existing registrants early purchase of Verisign's transliteration, typically at premium pricing. It is unclear if changes in plan were initiated by Verisign or ICANN, but both now squeeze added revenues from resulting format changes. Ultimately, if I owned lawyer.com -- another person might buy lawyer.コム (or lawyer .ком with Japanese or Russian ".com" and pronounced nearly identically). Defensive registrations are costly, with both Verisign & ICANN reaping benefits from what now appears a collusive relationship undercutting ownership rights in .NET and .COM domain names.

This was wholly different from Verisign's long-time presentation: (Verisign quoted below until 'end quote' mention)  "In 2012, Verisign applied to operate registries for eight transliterations of .COM and three of .NET (to the right of the dot) as part of ICANN’s new generic top-level domain (gTLD) which will allow Verisign to bring businesses full domain names in local language characters. Verisign’s proposed approach for these new IDN gTLDs will help ensure a ubiquitous end-user experience and helps to protect consumers and business from having to register purely defensive domain names in our TLDs. In practice, Verisign’s proposed approach means that the registrant for a second-level domain name in our IDN.IDN, IDN.com or IDN.net will have the sole right (subject to applicable rights protection mechanisms), but not be required to register that identical second-level domain in any of the top-level IDNs, .COM or .NET as applicable. In order to illustrate our approach, we have identified two use cases below:
Use Case No. 1: Bob Smith already has a registration for an IDN.net second level domain name. That second level domain name will be unavailable in all of the new .NET TLDs except to Bob Smith. Bob Smith may choose not to register that second level domain name in any of the new transliterations of the .NET TLDs.
Use Case No. 2: John Doe does not have a registration for an IDN.com second level domain name. John Doe registers a second level domain name in our Thai transliteration of .COM but in no other TLD. That second level domain name will be unavailable in all other transliterations of .COM IDN TLDs and in the .COM registry unless and until John Doe (and only John Doe) registers it in another .COM IDN TLD or in the .COM registry"
(end quote)

Verisign effectively precluded much opposition to their applications. Such outcry would have been certain, because using similar-sounding and identical-meaning tlds seriously dilutes domain-owner rights, and can lead to confusion.

Verisign & ICANN's new approach harms existing .com & .net domain owners. Now we are forced to try to protect our position with defensive registrations of their new .IDN domains. With Verisign's premium pricing, a single gTLD registration may cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. Those defensive-registration revenues mostly benefit Verisign, but ICANN also receives a fixed component of each registration's revenues.

We understand that over many years, conditions and strategies and markets may change. We can assume the expansive proprietary assertions of Verisign were always well-meant, and later changes were always legal.

In the interest of all parties, standard business practices today avoid monopoly contracts without open tender. Both the .NET & .COM Registry Monopolies should be open to competitive tender.

A billion reasons shout why this contract should be open to bid.

Helsinki Brand?

The sub-Arctic city of Helsinki, Finland, is waking up to Place Appeal.

But it's much too little, far too late.

They built their new marketing effort at    bnh.fi

It means Brand New Helsinki.  Finland is  .fi

Sorry to be critical, but  bnh.fi  is not quick & easy to understand or remember.

Going to the site becomes worse: at http://bnh.fi/en/share-your-helsinki-2020/ they offer a two-minute video, half in Finnish -- without subtitles. It effectively draws attention to difficulties with Finnish language, and a local disregard for non-Finns.

I do believe Helsinki, and Finland generally, could compete for top global talent. But they're relying upon bad advice filtered through a rigid, well-paid bureaucracy.

Fundamentally they need to overcome a chilly dark environment, a somewhat drab population (who themselves dream to escape), a perceived proximity to Chernobyl, relatively poor multicultural infrastructure, etc. etc. Worse, they're competing against places who began long ago to seriously invest in the high-stakes Place Appeal effort.

Finland (and Helsinki) must analyze the importance of Place Appeal to cultivate investment, generate tourism, attract mobile experts, and develop creative talent.

They need to understand the HUGE economic impact of the Place Appeal investment versus collapsing property values & continually watching creative people migrate away. For any locality seeking good future positioning, spending a few million euro is actually nothing compared to the many costs of failing to thrive.

Wish them luck.        but...
... at this rate, Helsinki's marketers fulfill their rhyming destiny:
FINISH






Short .com Domains are Valuable !

It's still possible for smaller businesses and private individuals to own short .com domains without investing many hundreds of thousands of dollars. The LLLL.com domains (four letters) are perhaps the shortest easily achievable, with many priced far below US$10,000.

Such very short domains are quite easy to resell if desired; an investment put to use! Don't forget: with a great domain you can create both a permanent web presence and also unlimited great email addresses. Happy shopping!

Here are some bargains:


 
iowu.com 
Couq.com 
Peuv.com 
9ass.com 
Rub2.com 
D--r.com 
inn3.com 
Ate3.com 
Kat2.com 
Num8.com 
Ozwk.com 
USD3.com 
N0M0.com 
64oz.com 
K--t.com 
24vv.com 
ero7.com 
7up7.com 
6mom.com 
4ray.org 
6kid.com 
rny8.com 
6an6.com 
4orr.com 
2nag.com 
69nu.com 
4got.org 
16-4.com 
2--4.com 
M--m.com 
69dr.com 
3jet.com 
5cab.com 
4sme.com 
2Feb.com 
Zjoq.com 

Invest in China

There are many ways to protect and to multiply your money. Probably, diversification is important -- don't invest all your funds in one company's stocks, or all in gold. Spread your investments into different formats for protection. Digital assets promise future growth.

China is growing. China has a bright future. Chinese people have only begun to discover the value of great domain names, and that there is a dynamic market for premium domains.

It is possible to buy fundamental one-character .com Chinese names, such as  子.com

Better, buy a .com portfolio of 520 single-character names

The investment portfolio costs US$640,000. Value in five years could be 10 times, maybe 50 times more!  Good luck; but act fast -- only one collection available, at:
http://reorient.com/invest

High Way

Medical marijuana, pot & cannabis are growing industries. Many people might themselves happily refuse to smoke reefer, but why should we deprive cancer-ridden elderly in the midst of chemotherapy & radiation treatment, who claim eating marijuana cookies takes their mind off pain, with minimal side effects.

We don't support illegality. But many U.S. states and assorted nations around the world allow use of marijuana for medical purposes, and some (Colorado) allow adult recreational usage (just for fun).

Colorado is reportedly the fastest growing economy in the United States (link).

Cannabis-related news & information is important, and hemp & marijuana domain names have been selling well. (Marijuana.com sold for US$4.20 million in 2011). Here are pot domains still available now, and at low prices:


420cocktail.com
                                            always420.com
BongBrand.com
                                            bongg.com
BudBrand.com
                                            BuddingBrand.com
ediblast.com
                                            edibled.com
ediblender.com
                                            edibless.com
Ediblessing.com
                                            Edibling.com
ediblink.com
                                            ediblitz.com
Faqdup.com
                                            GanjaTrust.com
GrowninHawaii.com
                                            GrownOnHawaii.com
HempBrandy.com
                                            HerbalHawaii.com
HerbBrand.com
                                            High-Potency.com
LikeBud.com
                                            LikeGanja.com
LikeReefer.com
                                            LikeToSmoke.com
Mediblended.com
                                            mediblender.com
Mediblending.com
                                            Medibless.com
Mediblessing.com
                                            Mediblink.com
MrStoned.com
                                            NuHigh.com
PotHot.com
                                            ProfitsHerbal.com
PunaJuice.com
                                            ReefBrand.com
ReeferBrand.com
                                            ReeferFund.com
Reefresher.com
                                            Reefreshment.com
Reefuse.com
                                            StoneBrand.com
Stoniness.com
                                            SurfBud.com
WeLovePot.com
                                            麻省.com
たばこ.com
                                            麻木.com
Хай.com
                                            胡麻.com
麻薬.com
                                            삼.com
禁酒.com
                                            Дым.com
Høj.com
                                            汉麻.com
Rökare.com
                                            ポット.com
Zedible.com

Clear opportunities in the 'edible' category, etc.

Which domain name do you think is most valuable?
Good luck !