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Re: [net-com] Response to Marc Schneiders on the .net list

  • To: Cary Karp <ck@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Re: [net-com] Response to Marc Schneiders on the .net list
  • From: Marc Schneiders <marc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 24 May 2004 19:59:45 +0200 (CEST)
  • Cc: <net-com@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • In-reply-to: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0405241928010.27051-100000@nic.museum>
  • Sender: owner-net-com@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

I hope I am not appearing to be rude. But as a rep of consumers I do
not care what reason there is for registries to lower their prices. We
are talking about a REGULATED market. What is wrong with making the
price an issue in granting the new .NET contract? What are we
protecting if we don't? Not the interest of my constituency, I guess.
Naturally I am not in favour of granting new .NET to a company that
says it can do it for $0.10, but with just 2 nameservers for the TLD,
both located on a pacific island, where electricity hapens to be free.

I do not believe though in additional services and the like as a
criterium. I see no other than price (given a decent level of
technical performance). All the rest appears to me to be protecting a
cartel. I am sorry.

On Mon, 24 May 2004, at 19:30 [=GMT+0200], Cary Karp wrote:

> Forwarded on behalf of Jeff Neuman
>  - - - - -
> Marc stated:
> "Without daring to doubt either the numbers or the extrapolation allow me
> to present as contrast the lower pricing for .biz and .us names offered by
> Enom (for new registrations), reflecting the lower pricing Enom pays to the
> registry. I've seen with Enom $4.95 for new .us and .biz names, while .com
> etc. are $6.95."
> Response:
> As a general principal, my original points still stand.  However, there are
> exceptions to the general rule and I did not want this point to go
> unanswered.
> In order to stimulate marketing by registrars, each of the registries often
> enter into marketing programs with registrars by offering marketing
> incentives to the registrar to sell their domain names.  This sometimes
> enables registrars to lower their pricing (because the registries help them
> in absorbing certain marketing costs).  If you examine this issue further,
> you would notice that these lower prices occurred only during a
> co-marketing program between the registry and registrar and the limited
> time lower prices do not reflect the registrar's normal pricing.  Please
> also note that all co-marketing programs, according to the registries'
> contracts, must be available to all registrars equally.
> Jeff
> Jeffrey J. Neuman, Esq.
> Director, Law & Policy
> NeuStar, Inc.
> Loudoun Tech Center
> 46000 Center Oak Plaza
> Building X
> Sterling, VA 20166
> p: (571) 434-5772
> f: (571) 434-5735
> e-mail: Jeff.Neuman@xxxxxxxxxx

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