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    Sensible (and Tactical) Thoughts on New TLDs from the Business Constituency | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 16 comments | Search Discussion
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    Seperating Names and Registries
    by dpf (dpf@ihug.co.nz) on Tuesday January 07 2003, @12:28PM (#10909)
    User #2770 Info | http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/
    I very much endorse the thinking in this section. In an ideal world no registry in my opinion would "own" a TLD and the TLD Manager would regularly tender out for the operation of a registry for that name. That way you would get competition and innovation as registries compete to "host" TLDs.

    There would be issues around who would make the decision to tender for the open gTLDs which may not have a natural organisation to act as manager. You could argue ICANN itself - because that is the role it originally had for com, net and org before it gifted two of them back to Verisign for pretty much life.

    To some degree .org has gone down these lines. ISOC is the TLD Manager and it has effectively select Affilias to run the registry (even though it is through PIR). I presume ISOC/PIR has the power to choose to use another backend provider after a certain period of time.

    DPF
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    Re:Seperating Names and Registries
    by PeterBarron (pebarron@hotmail.com) on Tuesday January 07 2003, @01:01PM (#10910)
    User #3240 Info | http://www.icannwatch.org/
    I'm afraid I don't see how this could be done fairly. You have encumbants who will receive an advantage that no new applicant would receive. You have applicants already in line, who have paid a considerable sum, who would have to disqualify themselves as not meeting this new criteria. I fail to see how this could be implemented in a fair and legal manner.

    ++Peter
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    Re:Seperating Names and Registries
    by RFassett on Wednesday January 08 2003, @05:47AM (#10919)
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    actually, this raises a point I am a bit consfused about: Which party actually signed the contract with DoC, ISOC or PIR...or both? Is it fair to describe the role of ISOC as that of a sponsor? If it is PIR that has the contract with DoC, can they pick a new "sponsor" just like they can, in theory, choose a new back-end registry operator? Or is the "sponsor entity" required to be a signed party to the contract with DoC? Was ISOC required to sign with DoC for .ORG or just PIR? I know that PIR was created for the purposes of the .ORG redelegation but is their relationship with ISOC some sort of lifetime marriage that can never ever be broken? Or is it simply that it is ISOC that is the principle party to the contract with DoC, and not PIR?
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