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> My suggestion to ISI at this point would be to distinguish between > "community" registrars and "commercial" registrars. A community registrar > must have a reasonable relation to the place for which it's a registry, > e.g. live or have an office within 20 miles of it, and handle registrations > at no charge. Commercial registries have no such restrictions. In case of > conflicting requests between community and commercial registrars, the > community registrar wins. > This seems like the seed of a great idea, although the 20-mile restriction may be too tight. I'm thinking specifically of a regional ISP from the NSFNet days which... - Provided US domain registration services in a very professional manner for roughly an entire state. - Never charged for registration (still doesn't as far as I know) - Did a lot to promote use of the US domain within its region On a related note, last year ISI, evidently in response to the problem you describe, announced that US subregistries would be limited to 50 delegations apiece. I don't know if this limit was applied retroactively to subregistries that were already handling a larger number of subdomains or not.