Registry/Registrar Vertical Integration: The Registrant Pays the Check

By PIR
PIR

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.

Related topics: Domain Names, ICANN, Policy & Regulation, Registry Services, New TLDs

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