If old-school schools get to keep their .edus and schools newly wanting domains outside the US can't get them, then .EDU becomes a status symbol.
Having an .EDU instead of an .EDU.XX has an implication that the university is globally recognized rather than being some tiny school (of no concern) in country XX.
Use of ccTLDs is not appropriate sometimes, because of the global nature of the internet -- geographical location is simply an outdated way of categorizing sites.
Sites can move from country to coutnry, but if they're to remain the same site, they must keep the same name.
Geographics are much less relevant to the internet than to other media. Many people prefer the gTLDS, they are shorter, easier to type, more-memorable. I can guarantee that EDUs won't be going away either, short of internet users boycotting .EDU domains, that won't be changed (at least not any time soon).
I believe the issue here is that, regardless of the existence of other top-levels country-specific or otherwise, regardless of the ability to use search engines, etc.
A TLD (EDU) that is recognized by most internet users (as a matter of consensus) as a TLD and established as a global resource is being arbitrarily held by a corporation in one country from its intended use by Universities in other countries.
In principle, this is a bad thing, and it doesn't matter if we think EDU is useless: it obviously is useful, if they want to register a domain on the TLD.
In fact, whether EDU is useful to them or not is their decision. Saying EDU is useless is an excuse for an uh, injustice.
If they want to buy a domain that they have a legitimate cause to buy and nobody else has claims to, then they should be allowed to buy it.
Arbitrarily denying use of a basic, global resource based on added unreasonable requirements that discriminatively injure Universities in countries foreign to the United States, a deplorable sort of thing for a registrar to be doing.
Perhaps a boycott of the .EDU domains would be
appropriate, but I don't see how that could be successful -- unless you could get all the search engines to buy into it or provide an exclusion option for EDU tld entries (yeah right).
-Mysidia the insane @k5
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