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Re: [ga] Alternative Domain Name Distribution Models

  • To: "Michael D. Palage" <mike@xxxxxxxxxx>, ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Re: [ga] Alternative Domain Name Distribution Models
  • From: Danny Younger <dannyyounger@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 05:25:11 -0700 (PDT)

In keeping with the topic of alternative domain name
distribution models, I would like to put forth a
probable scenario.

Let's assume for a moment that Nii Quaynor is
passionate about launching the new gTLD .africa and
has managed to convince the UNDP to underwrite the
program on a non-profit basis so as to reduce as much
as possible for African registrants the financial
barriers to entry.  Perhaps Nii seeks to utilize an
innovative DNAMES approach and plans to initially roll
out registration interfaces and customer service in
Swahili, Hausa, Yoruba, Wolof, Ibo, Fulani, and

In keeping with the approach utilized by .asia
regarding the selection of registrars, he chooses to
set the requirement (1) "Demonstrated ability to
provide Eligibility and Name-Selection Services (ENS
Services) and demonstrated familiarity with the needs
of the TLD Community in the language and region(s)
served by the registrar, and established modes for
reflecting these needs in the ENS Services processes;"
and (2) that all such registrars be non-profit
entities so that registration costs will be kept at a
bare minimum.

The proposed requirement that all registries must use
only ICANN-accredited registrars will result in
.africa never being launched as no current
ICANN-accredited registrars would ever meet the
.africa registrar selection criteria.  

On the other hand, Nii could certainly find local
registrars (not accredited by ICANN and that don't
have US$70,000 in reserve) that could readily serve
the needs of his community.

So, do we wish to stifle access and innovation by
denying Nii this opportunity (just to comply with a
poorly considered recommendation) or are we prepared
to admit that alternative models may indeed be viable?

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