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RE: [ga] GNSO Council: Taking 21 months to arrive at bad decisions

  • To: "Nevett, Jonathon" <jnevett@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: RE: [ga] GNSO Council: Taking 21 months to arrive at bad decisions
  • From: Danny Younger <dannyyounger@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 4 Sep 2007 10:01:07 -0700 (PDT)

Hello Jon,

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
registrant community.

best regards,

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