Ivan Pope, self-styled domain name guru, is proof that the Net does have some profitable niches. Operating within Web design house Webmedia, he set up NetNames 18 months ago and now claims to be the leading provider of domain names in the UK, with offices in London and New York.
Despite NetNames's success, Pope is concerned that National Solutions Incorporated (NSI), which manages the InterNIC registry administering top-level domain names, will not co-operate with the Internet community by signing the Memorandum of Understanding.
"They are self-serving and monopolistic," says Pope concerned that the NSI will block the IAHC plan to create a non-profit making company to control the top-level name space as a public trust.
A greater risk, says Pope, is that if there's a stalemate, the US government will step in: "The worst case scenario is if NSI doesn't budge and the US gets more involved. I don't think we have the best solution, but we must move forward.The problem with the current setup is that NSI is a monopoly, and if you have problems there's no comeback. It must change."
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