A friend sent me the following, which may be of interest.
Jeff (somewhere over the North Atlantic)
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Date: Thu, 05 Mar 1998 18:35:52 +0000
>From: Chief Executive <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Re: [NYASANET] Malawian ISP banned from Internet access (fwd)
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>MalawiNet Limited is an Internet Service Provider operating in Malawi
>since July, 1997. MalawiNet Limited is a registered private company
>formed from a joint venture between Malawi Posts and
>Telecommunications Corporation (MPTC) and USCOMNET, inc. (company
>registration number 4785)
>MalawiNet has no powers to establish a monopoly in the democratic
>Republic of Malawi. There are other companies and organisations
>operating E-mail service and others are in web page development.
>A CompuServe Service running through the SCITOR network was shutdown
>by MPTC (the current regulator - Malawi is setting up an independent
>regulatory body) because of the lack of licence to operate Internet
>service. Any ISP is required to obtain a licence to operate Internet
>MalawiNet operates in a local environment providing local support,
>services and developing local skills within the country. MalawiNet
>will, therefore, continue to run competitively whether other
>operators exists or not.
>"mw" TLD is representative of country Malawi. Registering a TLD does
>not warrant ownership and grant re-sale. MalawiNet contends that "mw"
>TLD should be given to an independent body in Malawi who will
>facilitate Malawian enterprises, government or private and individuals
>to easily register their domain names on "mw" without paying
>exorbitantly and being forced to open services with "tarsus.com". We
>believe that "mw" should be run and be hosted in Malawi. MalawiNet
>has the skills and ability to do so. MalawiNet did not deny access to
>Computer Solution for "mw" domain rather MalawiNet found that "mw" was
>already registered and was denied its administration and use.
>Computer Solution Limited has since July 1997 served as MalawiNet
>dealer connecting customers on Internet through MalawiNet.
>Additionally, Computer Solutions, having failed to run the CompuServe
>and E-mail service in Malawi, chose to open an Internet Cafe going
>through MalawiNet. Computer Solutions opened accounts with MalawiNet
>to run the cafe. By December 1997, Computer Solutions had accumulated
>a huge bill with MalawiNet Limited. All accounts remained unpaid for
>three (3) consecutive months. We fruitlessly held a number of
>discussions with Chris Morgan to try get payment for the accounts and
>maintain our business arrangement. Therefore, in December we
>disconnected all his accounts on account of failure to pay. We were
>willing to accept payment terms because of the special working
>arrangement we had with him (as a dealer).
>In January, his accounts remained closed but we observed that his cafe
>was still operating. A customer who has been to use the cafe told us
>that the cafe service goes through MalawiNet. We investigated and
>found out that Computer Solutions was using names and passwords of
>customers that were created by the company on our behalf. We traced
>the traffic and traced some of the customer names. We changed all
>passwords of the customers the company set up on our behalf and
>advised the customers of the changes. Computer Solutions continued to
>operate through this fraudulent means, we had no choice but to seek
>court injunction on the company. This is normal business practice.
>It is the duty of the Anti- Corruption Bureau to investigate complaints
>even when complaints are raised by companies like Computer Solutions
>Limited. Every individual has a right to be heard in Malawi. The
>Bureau can only vindicate legitimate registered entities operating a
>genuine business within the laws of the country.
>Computer Solution seeks assistance to:
>1. Protect the "mw" TLD from hostile takeover.
> We seek assistance to remove private sector ownership of a TLD that
> represents a country. We believe we speak for all Malawians and
> Malawian Enterprises to want to see an independent body administer
> the "mw" TLD.
>2. Legally defend ourselves (Computer Solutions) against an all effort
>to destroy our operation. The only competition left.
> Computer Solution is not the only competition left. . To claim to
>be the only competition left is an overstatement. There are other
>companies and organisations for example Epsilon and Omega, UNIMA,
>BUMAS, Integrated Computers, Burco and many others running
>E-mail and Web development, web Hosting etc, services. Computer
>Solutions even though it is owned by foreigners has access to legal
>representation in the country. They can adequately protect
>3. Seek guidance on general Internet Ethics.
> In light of the given true position above, Computer Solution needs to
> be given the advise of Internet ethics indeed. All the company
> needs to do is pay up and continue with its normal day to day
>4. Develop an awareness of the situation in Malawi.
> Indeed, and develop an awareness of the operation of businesses like
> Computer Solution's and alert all ISPs of such occurrences to
> better protect their access.
>5. Put pressure on MalawiNet to allow free development of Internet
> MalawiNet Limited is a private Company. MalawiNet has nothing to do
>with allowing or disallowing free development of Internet Services in
> the country. This call for pressure on MalawiNet is uncalled for,
> it would only satisfy the vindictiveness of Computer Solutions and
> condone their unscrupulous business conduct which should be
>discouraged in the Internet community.
>It may interest all concerned to know that in January Chris Morgan
>wrote inviting MalawiNet to buy his Company which he says is up for
>sale. He even made a conditional offer to give us the "mw" domain to
>administer. However when he discovered that we insisted on him
>settling his bill before we could open his accounts, he withdrew
>the offer and commenced this vendetta.
>Incidentally, he confessed to MalawiNet he would only support
>MalawiNet business and would not contemplate setting up an ISP
>himself because he believed that there was not enough market for
>competition and that he supported the approach MPTC has taken to set
>up MalawiNet as a gateway to the Internet. One wonders why the change
>By the way those interested may wish to find out why he (Chris
>Morgan) did not succeed to sustain the compuserve service and his
>service going through UNIMA.
>Please forward the message to all who received the original document
>by Chris Morgan of Computer Solutions Limited.
>BESSIE SAIDI (MS.), BSc. Dip (London), MSc (Cardiff)
>Chief Executive Tel:
265-624 470, 265-826 201
>MalawiNet Limited Business Tel: 265-622 596,
>PO Box 1698
>MALAWI. E-mail: [log in to unmask]
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