January 3, 2004 - Wired: James Conway, a former Peace Corps volunteer, was working as a consultant to Tuvalu's minister of finance

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James Conway, a former Peace Corps volunteer, was working as a consultant to Tuvalu's minister of finance



James Conway, a former Peace Corps volunteer, was working as a consultant to Tuvalu's minister of finance

James Conway, a former Peace Corps volunteer, was working as a consultant to Tuvalu's minister of finance when Ohashi's message came in. "Out of the fax came this note from a guy in New York proposing to help Tuvalu market .tv," he says. "I wasn't here so long that I hadn't heard about the Internet, but this one-page fax mentioned stuff like top-level domains and .tv. I was like, 'What is this person talking about?'"

What Ohashi was talking about was marketing .tv to broadcasters in the United States and Japan in return for a share of the take. All Tuvalu had to do was tell the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority that Ohashi had been appointed to handle .tv and he would begin setting up accounts. But as Conway recounts, "Nobody knew about .tv then, and we didn't follow it up."

Kim, in 1996 a Silicon Valley programmer, starred in the sequel. "I was scanning the list of ISO 3166 country codes, and I was like, 'Wow! TV!'" An online database, though, showed that IANA had given administrative authority for .tv to Andrew Rubin, manager of communications software for WebTV. But Kim noticed something he thought was strange: No .tv names were being sold. So he called Funafuti. "I got in touch with the finance secretary, and I said this guy Andrew Rubin is not maximizing your revenue. And he was like, 'Who is Andrew Rubin?'"



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