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[AFRINIC-rpd] policy amendment proposal

SM sm at
Mon Nov 26 23:28:56 UTC 2012

Hi McTim,
At 13:18 26-11-2012, McTim wrote:
>Am agnostic on the newgTLDs.  On the one hand you are right, it will
>"move the needle" in terms of v4 depletion, On the other hand, it will
>increase the number of AfrINIC LIRs and only use a limited number of
>/24's, since the new gTLDs are ~1000, and not all of them will take
>advantage of this policy.  In other words, I doubt this will use more
>than one (or maybe 2 /16's).

It's trivial to set up an organization in the AfriNIC service region 
and provide DNS service for a TLD.  The /24 costs US$ 100.  The 
non-ccTLDs have paid ICANN over US$ 150,000 per string.  They will be 
selling domain names.  The shortfall in revenue compared to LIR fees 
might be over US$ 1,250,0000.  Nobody has explained how all this will 
be beneficial to the African region.

Any "dot pick your string" seems to qualify as critical 
infrastructure.  Could someone please explain what's critical about 
such strings?


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