RE: [ga] GNSO Council: Taking 21 months to arrive at bad decisions
I agree that registries should be able to use a variety of sales
The point is that those sales channels should be operating under ICANN
If a new registry wants to sell domain name services at 7-11 or Wawa
stores, for example, that is fine as long as they are bound by ICANN
contracts and Consensus Policies.
Registrars will have commercial incentives to sell IDN names and to
service such customers in language. Registrars will not be the cause of
a delay in rolling out IDNs if there is a market demand for them.
Google, Microsoft, and AOL are all ICANN-accredited registrars. It's
not difficult to get accredited whatever entity a registry might want to
sell domain name services through. In fact, there are current
discussions related to changing the rules regarding registry ownership
The bottom line is that you are making contradictory arguments in your
various postings. You argue that there should be more regulation at the
same time you argue that there should be less. Pick one.
From: Danny Younger [mailto:dannyyounger@xxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 1:01 PM
To: Nevett, Jonathon; ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [ga] GNSO Council: Taking 21 months to arrive at bad
A new gTLD registry should be able to offer
registrations directly to the public without having to
utilize a registrar sales channel.
Currently, anyone can get a free third-level address
at google's blogspot.com; should google decide to
operate a TLD and give away free registrations at the
second level (and their business model allows such an
approach to work), then why on earth would they need
to utilize the services of the registrar community if
they can easily handle the process on their own?
Further, aren't we currently in the process of
allowing .museum to register up to 4000 names by
Finally, in the upcoming gTLD IDN world, if we had to
rely on ICANN accredited registrars only to service
accounts in languages other than English, we'd be
setting back the prospects for internationalization by
many more years as the current batch of registrars
doesn't have the full language skill-set that it needs
to properly service the potential customer base.
Consider, for example, the remarks of BeijingIDC:
"Well, we see this differently, for we believe that
user's experience of certain IDN domain
name system is essentially determined by the
registrar's capability of serving the community that
dominates. The model of only using ICANN accredited
registrars may not be effective on new TLDs'operation
and development that involves IDN strings."
Frankly, many ccTLDs accredit registrars that aren't
ICANN-accredited, and they seem to be managing just
fine on the basis of registry-registrar contracts that
also can be written in a manner to protect the
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