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Walden Savings Bank to Switch from .com to a .bank TLD

CircleID CircleID: Walden Savings Bank will be the fifth bank in New York state to switch its domain name from a .com top-level domain (TLD) to the new .bank TLD in May of this year. Daniel Axelrod reporting in Times Herald-Record: "The change makes Walden an early adopter of a cyber-banking security measure that's gradually taking root mostly among community banks or those with less than $10 billion in assets and a local lending focus. ... Part of the delay for the domain’s implementation is a function of the cost and effort for banks to change computer systems, email addresses, business cards and marketing materials. Still, the .bank change is cheaper and easier than the alternate route some of America’s big banks are taking ... Large firms, like Citibank and Chase, are opting for self-named domains, such as .citi and .chase, which are great branding tools, but they require significant back-end effort to register."
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Bottoms Rupp | It’s family game night

Whats Your Name Whats Your Name: Ahh family game night. What better way to spend a Sunday evening than causing long-lasting tears in your familial relationships after a questionable Yahtzee toss or unyielding game of Monopoly? We’re celebrating the fun and drama that comes along with this time-tested ritual during this week’s Bottoms Rupp sale. This Thursday, April 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. […]
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Don’t Make the Internet Safe for Monopolies

CircleID CircleID: This week I'm going to Washington to argue against regulating Internet access as if it were phone service. Twenty years ago I was there for the same reason. My concern now as it was then is that such regulation will damage the economy and reduce opportunity by stifling innovation and protecting the current dominant players from the startups which would otherwise threaten them.

At that time the proponents of Internet regulation were most regional monopoly telephone companies, who were regulated themselves (and very comfortable living in a regulated environment). The then small Internet industry (including me) argued that startups were not monopolies and could not afford the batteries of lobbyists and regulatory compliance lawyers needed to survive in a regulated world. "Imagine," we said, "if each new Internet app had to be approved by some commission or another".

Fortunately, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair Reed Hundt, a Democrat appointed by Bill Clinton, and a majority of commissioners agreed with us. The Commission policy on Internet regulation became one of forbearance. The monopolists were right to worry. The Internet was disruptive. If they had won, there would be no such thing as Skype or Vonage; calls to China would still be $3.00 minute; and 800 numbers might still be more important than websites for shopping. Google, Netflix, Facebook, and Amazon wouldn't be the companies they are today.

Hundt's successor William Kennard, also appointed by Clinton, listened carefully to all arguments and continued the policy of benign forbearance. Innovation flourished. When Bush was elected, Internet folk were afraid that his FCC appointees would be more responsive to telco lobbying. We could no longer argue that the Internet was a fledgling industry but could and did argue the public benefits of innovation and rapidly evolving business models. Michael Powell, Bush's first appointee as FCC Chair, and the Commission debated and then issued the "Pulver Order” declaring that Voice over IP was not a telecommunications service. That meant in practice that the FCC, whose mandate only extends to telephony services, would have no reason to regulate the Internet.

The FCC did NOT regulate the Internet from then until now. However, in the waning days of the Obama administration, the FCC promulgated a regulation saying that Internet access is a telecommunications service (regardless of whether voice over IP is involved.). Therefor the FCC has the right to regulate Internet access as it used to regulate monopoly phone service. Big reversal.

Those who now want regulation are Google, Facebook, and other major Internet players. They are good marketers so this regulation is called "Net Neutrality". Who could be against a neutral Internet where all bits are equal? Ironically it is the telcos and cable companies (ISPs) who are on the other side and against reregulation; they are the ones who will be regulated.

There are four major things wrong with the "Net Neutrality" regulations as promulgated (they are not yet in effect):

All users of the Internet, as well as the economy itself, will suffer if regulation is used to throttle innovation — that's as true now as it ever was. This regulation protects the powerhouse incumbents — Google, Facebook et al — from effective and needed competition. It protects them on one side from rich ISPs (why?) and on the other side from would be new providers of Internet access (think mesh networks, access from drones, whatever) who won't be able to satisfy the regulations made for the technologies they are obsoleting. There is probably no legal justification for the FCC regulating the Internet. FCC has jurisdiction over basic telecommunications service. They said the Internet isn't such a service for years; just saying it is all of a sudden a basic telecommunications service doesn't make it so.
Google may yet regret its call for regulation of any part of the Internet value chain. A Wall Street Journal story last week says that Google is working on an ad-blocking filter for its Chrome browser. Will the FCC next declare browsers a telecommunication service and require browser neutrality?

With all due respect to many people I respect who support the "Net Neutrality" regulations, I'm as much against regulating the Internet now as I was 20 years ago although I no longer have any direct financial interest except as a consumer. I hope both that the legal challenge to this extension of the FCC's reach will continue and that the current FCC will undo the harm that its immediate predecessors did and return to the policy which has so successfully supported economic growth and innovation for the last twenty years.

See https://www.bna.com/pai-engages-silicon-n57982087000/ for a Bloomberg story on this issue.

This post was originally posted on Fractals of Change.
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Wow: Spectrum (Charter) is a reverse domain name hijacker

Domain Name Wire Domain Name Wire: Your cable company might be a reverse domain name hijacker. Charter Communications, which does business as Spectrum, has been found guilty of reverse domain name hijacking in a cybersquatting dispute it brought against the owner of MySpectrumNews.com. Based on the decision, it appears that Spectrum tried to acquire this domain name that was registered well […]
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Bill O’Reilly’s Saving Grace: It’s The Domain Stupid

The Frager Factor The Frager Factor: In the early days of the Internet a young man I know had a conversation with the talent agent representing the biggest cable stars. He envisioned a world where every domain would be a broadcast network and suggested the talent must procure their own domain to follow them through their future and prevent them from being attached to their employer. They could use the private site to sell book,

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Göran Marby’s First Visit to China as ICANN President, Named 马跃然 by China Internet Community

CircleID CircleID: This report was co-authored by ZHAOHAN LI and LIU YUE

On April 20, 2017, an 8-person delegation led by Göran Marby, President & CEO of ICANN, visited China Academy of Information and Communication Technology (CAICT). Madam Liu Duo, President of CAICT met with Mr. Göran Marby and the delegation. After the meeting, Mr. Marby attended the Chinese Internet Community Seminar held jointly by CAICT and ICANN Beijing Engagement Center. It was Mr. Marby's first visit to China after being appointed as the President and CEO of ICANN, and also the first time for him to attend the Chinese Internet Community Seminar and exchange opinions with Chinese Internet Community members in face to face.

Göran Marby, President & CEO of ICANN attending the Chinese Internet Community Seminar held jointly by CAICT and ICANN Beijing Engagement Center (Click to Enlarge)

On the seminar, Mr. Hu Jianbo, Director of Industry and Planning Research Institute of CAICT, gave an opening speech on behalf of Madam Liu Duo to welcome Mr. Marby for his visit and participation in community activities. His speech reviewed the achievements made since the signing of the cooperation memorandum between CAICT and ICANN three years ago and noted that CAICT would be determined to play its role, to enhance its cooperation with ICANN and other parties, and to support and promote the development of the community. Mr. Marby made a speech to express his gratitude for CAICT's efforts in promoting communication between ICANN and the Chinese Internet Community. He pointed out that ICANN attached importance to its cooperation with China and he himself was very pleased to join the community activity and was willing to hear the voice of the China Internet Community and learn Chinese experience. He wished that ICANN enhance communication and cooperation with CAICT and the Chinese Internet Community.

During interaction session, Mr. Marby and his team, exchanged ideas with more than 40 delegates from government agencies, domain name registries and registrars, industry organizations, research institutes, and universities in fields of Chinese translation service improvement and enhancement, ICANN's position and roles, end user rights protection, community participation, domain name service support, capability building, ICANN official website improvement, ICANN's support for academic participation and research, and cooperation on domain name dispute resolution. Mr. Marby highly praised the success of the China Internet Community Seminar and expressed his willingness to strengthen communication and interaction with the China community members for in-depth cooperation and long-term development.

Side note: After Göran Marby took office, China Internet Community immediately and voluntarily conducted a 3-day PDP to give Mr. Marby a Chinese name which is 马跃然. The "official" interpretation from ICANN language services provided that 马跃然 means a handsome horse is galloping happily on a beautiful grassland. It has been the most efficient PDP ICANN ever had and shows the Chinese philosophy and wisdom as well as the commitment from China community members to ICANN processes.
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