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Re: [ga] Alternative Domain Name Distribution Models

  • To: dannyyounger@xxxxxxxxx, ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx, mike@xxxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Re: [ga] Alternative Domain Name Distribution Models
  • From: Elisabeth Porteneuve <Elisabeth.Porteneuve@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 14:45:24 +0200 (MET DST)
  • Cc: roberto@xxxxxxxxx
  • Sender: owner-ga@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx


The bootom line of your scenario, la morale de l'histoire, is that 
ICANN's accreditation fees are too high.

Elisabeth Porteneuve

> Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2007 05:25:11 -0700 (PDT)
> From: Danny Younger <dannyyounger@xxxxxxxxx>
> 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
> Isizulu.
> 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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