New issue was created: the "domain name" phenomena

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Date: Sat, Sep 25 1999


Date: Sat, 25 Sep 1999 10:20:00 -0400 (EDT)
Message-Id: <199909251420.KAA16843@www19.w3.org>
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From: ETA WCA issues tracking forum <www-wca@w3.org>
Subject: New issue was created: the "domain name" phenomena


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Issue Summary:
             Forum: WCA issues tracking forum [1]                       
             Issue: the "domain name" phenomena [2]                     
          Category: General Web Statistics (size, etc)                  
          Priority: important                                           
             State: new                                                 

        Created on: 1999-09-25 10:19:59                                 
        Created by: mark hulyer [3]                                     
       Assigned to: WCA default [4]                                     

Issue Description:
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Just who is it that is supposedly buying all these domains??? I know there are Brokers listing 1000's for sale but is there really an industry out there ready and more importantly able to buy these preregistered domains.According to OCLC(www.oclc.org)there were,as of June '99 only 3.6m actual websites,which means that there is globally in the region of 6m inactive and lonely domain names with seemingly nowhere to go.That in economic terms is on the way to a BILLION bucks tied-up!! The number of possible domain names that can be registered is 3.17x10 to the 34rd power in other words a lot. Please will someone enlighten me.
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[4] http://cgi.w3.org/ETA/contacts.php3/wca/?contacts_id=1