[At-Large] Comment on the .NET auto-renew and contract terms

Carlton Samuels carlton.samuels at gmail.com
Tue May 10 00:58:01 UTC 2011

Thanks Eric.

Just never thought of the second issue in the way outlined, even with what I
know of the registry business these days. A recognition of this distinction
- between the "registry operator" and the "registry technical backend
service operator" - in contract would be a beginning to exploring the
competition issues.

I would lodging a concern as well as a more formal At-Large response.


Carlton A Samuels
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On Mon, May 9, 2011 at 8:46 AM, Eric Brunner-Williams <
ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net> wrote:

> Colleagues,
> I've drafted a comment in response to
> http://icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-11apr11-en.htm
> The comment raises two issues, first, that renewal of legacy monopoly
> contracts does not achieve a competition policy goal, and second, that
> the contract could, whether awarded to the legacy monopoly operator or
> any other party, distinguish between the "registry operator" and
> "registry technical backend services operator" sets of functions,
> allowing registrants to select, through their registrars, one of one
> or more competing registry technical backend services operator(s) for
> domains in the .NET zone.
> For those not familiar with the second issue, the original Shared
> Registry Proposal by Crispin, Gaetano, Langlois and others, developed
> in the IETF, reduces the registry operator's monopoly power to the few
> functions of producing (and modernly signing) a unified zone, and
> coordination among two or more registrars (transfer functions and data
> pointers where the registry data model is "thin").
> If there is anyone who wishes to go on record questioning the wisdom
> of auto-renewal for Verisign's franchises, and/or ending monopoly in
> the registry function, drop me a line today as comments close tomorrow.
> Eric
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