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    Operations of Dodora frozen -- Where's ICANN Escrow? | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 2 comments | Search Discussion
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    Verisign Should Notify Domain Owners in Advance
    by Anonymous on Friday July 09 2004, @10:31PM (#13904)
    Verisign should start to notify Domain Owners that 50 to 75 Registrars have indicated they will likely go out of business.

    Verisign should also set up a New Service to allow people to register directly with Verisign, on a name-by-name-basis for .COM and .NET names.

    Some large companies are actually becoming Registrars simply to manage their private collection of names. They have no retail operations. Verisign could make this easier, and lower cost for all .COM and .NET owners.

    A new group of Verisign Premium Service Agents could be developed to act as agents for the new service. Prior to ICANN, Verisign (NSI) was in the process of developing a network of partner companies to be what are effectively called Registrars. Verisign could resume that plan, without needing ICANN.

    Resellers would likely step up and join the Verisign program, especially if the barrier to entry is low. They would simply be agents. Verisign would create, what some call, a "Thick Registry" for .COM and .NET.

    Domain Name owners of the Registrars going out of business could be directed to this new team of professionals, backed by the Registry. The out-to-lunch ICANN would not be involved.

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    ICANN Registrars Shooting Each Other in Foot
    by Anonymous on Sunday July 11 2004, @05:11AM (#13916)
    The ICANN Registrars have discovered that the
    academic/government "community" thing does not work
    with Registrars, unless a Registrar is willing
    to disclose all of its information, simply to
    have their business taken from them by another
    Registrar claiming to be doing everything for
    "the community".

    The recent flurry of discussions about the ICANN
    Budget was used by some Registrars to gain
    corporate intelligence about their fellow
    Registrars. When the time came to band together,
    the fools found out that the ring-leaders were
    not there. They were off stealing the customers
    who ultimately pay the bills.

    Having a non-profit supposedly public-benefit
    company [like ICANN] running a Registrar franchise
    operation makes no sense. U.S. Federal laws are
    actually designed to prevent that sort of thing.
    Verisign needs to step in and build their own
    base of Premium Registrars and allow non-ICANN
    Registrars to become .COM and .NET partners.
    [ Reply to This | Parent ]


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