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ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the (for profit??) corporation (established by US government fiat?) that controls the Internet TLDs (Top Level Domains). (ICANN is also the NIC (??) for the original com, net, and org TLDs. Note that four other original TLDs have different NICs.

IMHO opinion, there is some element of badness about ICANN -- among other things they've thrown all the elected members off their board and they've taken a potentially free resource (the Internet domain namespace) and turned it into property (and monetized). "What gives them the right?" The US Government? Well, "what gives them the right?" (From "Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign" (??) by ??)

Another way of looking at the resource that ICANN is charging for is that they are charging for combinations of three alphabetic letters. (Potential slogan "Keep the alphabet free" or is that too <something -- reactionary -- extreme -- overreaction / misleading ?? >.)

So, when there is badness, competition is important. See OpenNIC.

More badness -- OpenNIC had established a TLD named .biz. In their recent (??) creation of additional TLDs, ICANN included .biz -- thus creating a conflict (where none had to exist).

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