- "the Board should consider all information provided through the procurement,
rather than arbitrarily ignoring important facts or selectively excluding relevant
Supported in the IMS/ISC Bid "Unity was included in the table but the staff
report went on at great length to discourage consideration of their bid."
- "Just as the Board can consider the post-submission formation of the
corporate entity to which a contract might be granted (as in the case of PIR),
surely it can and must consider the fact that AusRegistry successfully implemented
the previously described transition that gives it the most pertinent "experience"
for the job at hand."
- "The final evaluation does not reflect any reassessment in light of misleading
statements in ISOC's bid." And then "ISOC/Afilias did not "supervise"
a transition as claimed, but rather merely "tested" the work performed
- "Unity has now finalised an agreement with VeriSign on price and key
performance terms for VeriSign's active transition involvement, as projected
in our original proposal. Only the Unity bid offers the assurance of a VeriSign
guarantee that a smooth transition will occur and that operations will be stable
for the first year."
- "We would suggest that price is always relevant as it is directly related
- "The ICANN Board have a duty of care and should consider their direct
responsibility and accountability in ensuring the organisation they select to
run the .org registry has strong corporate governance."
- "We believe we played a straight game on a field in which the goal posts
had been relatively poorly defined and seemed to shift as the process moved
- "A good US lawyer could have a field day with the way the process was
- In relation to their relationship with Verisign, "Either this was a partnership
prohibited by ICANN rules or it was admissible on an equal basis"
- Discuss issues of conflict of interest
- "it is now clearly evident that the ICANN Staff recommendation was a
- "our bid offered the lowest price at $4.95"
- "The NCDNHC Evaluation was flawed and biased"
- " The Board should disregard the Final Staff Report Recommendation and
make its own neutral and objective determination."
- "PIR introduces a complicated organizational structure, major formation
tasks, and additional unknowns resulting in a great deal of unnecessary risk."
- "NCDNHC rewarded those applicants that proposed to grant money to the
- "Does a proposal that includes outsourcing the registry to a third party
who in turn outsources to several other third parties, represent additional
The Internet Society
- "We support the final staff evaluation report and its recommendation
"that the Board reassign the .org registry to ISOC.""
- "Afilias' speed of delivery yields faster "registration to resolution"
service than NeuStar"
- "Some questions were raised regarding Afilias' use of the PostgreSQL
database software. Our examination of .INFO operations has shown the database's
ability to successfully scale, replicate, mirror, cluster, perform application
processing, and support on-line/off-line maintenance."
- "We are confident in our ability to work closely with ICANN to complete
contract negotiations, and with VeriSign Registry (VGRS) to manage the data
migration and transition tasks."
- "The IMS/ISC bid is very different from the bids that ICANN staff deemed
"qualified," all of which have a similar operational style and pricing
philosophy as VeriSign"
- "The reassignment of the .org TLD is a significant event in the transformation
of the DNS. Higher prices from barriers to entry could well cost consumers US$268
million over the next five years."
- "The 4 mini-VeriSigns, which run the new TLDs, including Register.Com
(DotOrg and RegisterOrg), GNR, NeuStar, and Afilias (ISOC)." And then further
on "the fact that the average amount of experience of the 4 mini-VeriSigns
is 7.8 months, the size of the databases they operate are small, and there is
no public way of evaluating how well those systems have operated." And
further "Handing .org to a mini-VeriSign simply insures more of the same.
High prices, low transparency, bad service, and lack of innovation are the result."
- "While we commend the ICANN board for their extremely low board expenses
and the volunteer efforts of board members and we note that our experience with
ICANN staff is that they work extremely hard, we do find it a bit incredible
that an organization such as ICANN should, for the year ending June 30, 2001,
spend US$1,424,769 on a law firm, and US$354,433 with Arthur Anderson.["
- "VeriSign and NeuStar are both large clients of Gartner."
- "Ignoring financial evaluations seems like a throwback to the height
of the .com era when VCs would toss money"
Global Name Registry
- " In an effort to develop a scientific process, the staff appear to have
overlooked the big picture"
- " Numerical differences are insignificant"
- "the significant problems raised by selecting an organization that has
not yet formed"
- " The open source database system proposed by ISOC lacks maturity, documentation
and dedicated support"
- "Candidates financial wherewithal and experience at and infrastructure
for managing a budget were never examined in the staff report"
- "As Nii Quaynor stated at the Ghana meeting:"…
"We should also be reasonably open to one who is able to demonstrate in
someway that he is able to scale to that level, so that we are acting to expand
the net of good operators."
"To which Vint Cerf replied:"
" I think that is not an unreasonable sentiment to express, as long as
we take into account that demonstration of ability is paramount"
"As this discussion shows there are different ways to demonstrate capacity
- Again refer to Vint Cerf at the Ghana meeting:
"be focused on making the operation safe, secure, efficient and as inexpensive
And then "We have proposed a discount of upto 42%"