[NA-Discuss] A comment on the Andruff Bundling Letter
ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net
Mon May 23 19:31:32 UTC 2011
At New Delhi Edmon Chung and I raised the SC/TC issue with Peter and
Paul. Their response was exceedingly prompt and direct -- we were
trying to get something without paying for it.
Later, and I'm trying to remember which meeting it was, but its been
on the order of two years, the ccNSO IDN FastTrack was limited to one
script per territory.
Now the one-per limitation has been relaxed, with SC/TC called a
"variant" and various Arabic Script terminal characters also called
"variants", for the ccNSO IDN FastTrack.
However, Peter, and now Ron, have not shown any interest I'm aware of
in revisiting the problem.
I conclude that GNSO policy was not the primary motivation of Peter
and Paul in New Delhi, and not the motivation of the ccNSO, and may
not be the motivation of Peter and Ron in the present.
Other than that, I agree that attempting to make a change in what an
application is, from the point of view of the language needs of the
populations to be serviced, with junior staff is structurally unlikely
to have the desired results, and with senior staff has been tried
without apparent effect.
This leaves the broad membership of the Board, the GAC as a source of
advice to the Board, the ALAC as a source of advice to the Board, and
simply paying a duplicate fee to retain indigenous languages where
colonial history has provided a European language, or duplicate fees
to retain linguistic plurality unextinguished at the present time.
On 5/23/11 3:09 PM, Avri Doria wrote:
> I think the pressure on the staff on this particular issue is umisplaced. Until such time as the Board overrules the GNSO Policy position that there is a 1:1 relationship between applications and strings, there is nothing the staff can do.
> On 23 May 2011, at 14:43, Eric Brunner-Williams wrote:
>> Ron Andruff has written a response to my comment which the list
>> software bounced has he's not a subscriber to the na-discuss list.
>> It appears below.
>>> RE: A comment on the Andruff Bundling Letter
>>> From: "Ron Andruff"<randruff at rnapartners.com>
>>> Date: Mon, 23 May 2011 14:05:00 -0400
>>> To: "'Eric Brunner-Williams'"<ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net>,<na-discuss at atlarge-lists.icann.org>
>>> Thank you for your reasoned analysis. In response I can say that I share
>>> your apprehension that 'competition policy concerns remain unaddressed', but
>>> believe that those issues can be addressed ONCE the critical issue of
>>> bundling is on the table. Until we can get staff to at least look at this
>>> deficiency, the cards are stacked against those applicants that wish to
>>> serve end-users' needs simply because budgets will constrain them.
>>> It should be well-noted that the current AGB allows any entity that has
>>> multiples of USD 185,000 to apply for multiples of the same string in other
>>> scripts/languages. This makes no sense, as you well point out.
>>> Kind regards,
>>> Ronald N. Andruff
>>> RNA Partners, Inc.
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