In a joint document, Afilias, NeuStar, and PIR discuss the salient issues facing the ICANN Board regarding a proposal for registry/registrar vertical integration in the newTLD round. The paper identifies some of the risks associated with the ICANN Staff proposal while at the same time proposing a path forward that does not jeopardize any further delay in the new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) launch process. A summary of the points raised includes:
The longstanding vertical separation policy ensures important protections for registrants in a market that will soon include hundreds of newTLD choices. PIR, Neustar and Afilias welcome new competition in the TLD registry market by registrars as long as they are restrained from selling their own TLD and we support the RyC supermajority position on the CRAI Report. The current restraint against a registry distributing its own TLD should be maintained to avoid creating incentives to abuse registry data and to protect registrants and other registrars from unfair gaming of the registration system.
Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit corporation that operates the .org top-level domain – the world's third largest "generic" top-level domain with more than 10 million domain names registered worldwide. As an advocate for collaboration, safety and security on the Internet, Public Interest Registry's mission is to empower the global noncommercial community to use the Internet more effectively, and to take a leadership position among Internet stakeholders on policy and other issues relating to the domain naming system. (Learn More)
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