A Message from The AtlanticRoot Network and ADNS
September 15, 2002


The operator of one of the largest Inclusive Namespace root networks, The Pacificroot, announced that he will no longer carry the AtlanticRoot version of .BIZ as of September 30, 2002. 

Although the Open Root Server Consortium (ORSC) will still carry ARNI's .BIZ, the loss of the Pacificroot will greatly
diminish the visibility of the Original .BIZ.

We feel that this is really the end of the Original version of .BIZ. The loss of so much visibility will make it impossible
to compete with the colliding version that ICANN created. Many ISPs are enthusiastic about the Inclusive Namespace but cannot support it because ICANN's version of .BIZ will not be visible to their customers. 

Its been a good fight, but the battle for .BIZ is over and the Inclusive Namespace is not the winner. Please understand that this is not the end of the war, only one battle. 

It is in the best interest of the Inclusive Namespace that we move on and remove the objections of these ISPs so that they will support the Inclusive Namespace. This means overnight, a large block of new users will join the Inclusive Namespace because the objections of the ISPs will have been removed. This is good for all of us and is a victory, in a way, against ICANN.

WE WILL NOT BE DELETING THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF .BIZ. YOUR DOMAINS WILL STILL RESOLVE IN ORSC AND OTHER NON-PACROOT SERVERS. We would like to eventually retire the Original version of .BIZ so that the collision will go away, but will ONLY DO THAT when all of the domain holders have transferred out or have let their domains expire. We made a promise to support you and will not go back on that promise.

We will however offer a registration in any of the TLDs offered by ADNS for anyone that wishes to delete their .BIZ domain
and move to another one of ADNS or ARNI's TLDs. For every .BIZ domain that you have, you can exchange it for any available domain in any of ADNS's TLDs. These include .AMERICA, .EARTH, .USA, .Z, .NOT, .ETC, .COM2 and .ONLINE. for $6.99 for the first year,  or 53 percent off the normal registration rate. 

How does this work? Just log into your INRS account and select the "Swap My BIZ Domain" link from the INRS Tools Page You will see a list of all of your current .BIZ domains and next to that will be a place for you to select your new replacement domain. You may select one replacement domain for each .BIZ domain that you currently hold in the Original .BIZ. When you complete the registration process, your new domain will be created and the old .BIZ will be deleted.  The Swap link will be online within 24 hours - we are coding this application as quickly as possible to assist you.

It is sad that it has come to this, but ICANN with its destabilizing decision to create a colliding, duplicate version of .BIZ puts ISP's in a tough position. They want to support Inclusive Namespace TLDs but cannot afford to shut their customers out of such a large part of the internet. 


ICANN, from its very inception, has acted to create this kind of instability on the internet. They have succeeded in squashing the original .BIZ which has been around since 1995.

This year, their contract to manage the US Government root servers is up. There are some powerful people in Washington, the ones that make the decision as to whether ICANN gets to continue to wield this power, some of whom are ALMOST convinced, ALMOST - to put an end to this ICANN disaster. Time is short, the contracts run out at the end of September and the people listed below, if they here from you, may be persuaded to take this power away from ICANN.

We are asking you to send a letter - not e-mail, but a paper  letter to the following people early THIS WEEK. The individuals listed below ARE THE DECISION MAKERS in the US Department of Commerce who will DECIDE IF ICANN LIVES OR
DIES. Some of them are ALMOST convinced to give ICANN the boot. Your letters can, perhaps win them over and we can defeat ICANN.

PLEASE, PLEASE - take a momement to pen them a letter and send it by postal mail as soon as possible. Unless those who are impacted by ICANN's  actions are willing to act, ICANN and the influences behind them will continue  to destroy individuals and small businesses. The more letters, the more chance they will be persuaded:

Send [separate letter for each] to:

Hon. Bruce Mehlman 
Asst Secretary for Technology Policy 
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20230

Hon. Phillip Bond
Undersecretary for Technology
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20230

Hon. Sam Bodman 
Deputy Secretary 
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20230

Hon. Nancy Victory
Asst Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce 
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20230

If you would like to discuss these matters with others in order to decide what to tell these folks in your letter, please join the  ADNS-CUSTOMERS mailing list by visiting: http://lair.lionpost.net/mailman/listinfo/adns-customers

Please make your letters as personal looking as possible so they dont appear to be form letters. AND please write/mail them now. You can bet that momentous decisions will be made well prior to the September 30 dealine.

This REALLY MAY WORK this time.


Leah Gallegos
AtlanticRoot Network, Inc.

John Palmer

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