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    Re: Neustar seeks .org coup; will ICANN accede?
    by Hendrik on Sunday October 06 2002, @04:52PM (#9572)
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    Ray,

    When you do want to dismiss the registrar-registry split as ridiculously invented, you are required to explain first why this approach works quite well in a lot of ccTLD's and why it fails in its current setup for gTLD's. Then you might not dismiss it but propose to change the flaws that cause the problems.

    I cannot find convincing arguments to dismiss the registry-registrar model as such as I am quite able to provide the working counter-examples based on a comparative study of registries, in specific those of European ccTLD's.

    The registry-registrar institutional arrangement has worked quite well in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark. It produced a higher number of domain names per capita for those countries than the US based companies and citizens have registered under the .us ccTLD's and the generic TLD's.

    Therefore it is better to define what outcomes in the domain name industry you consider as a succes and then assure yourself that the registry-registrar model is indeed bad performing to reach that goal.

    The main difference between European ccTLD's and the gTLD's as far as I am able to perceive is the far weaker position of the registry operator, who typically is a subcontractor to the not-for-profit registry. The non-profit registry is also heavily pushed by the registrar community to drive down registry prices per name as they are the registrars main input cost. As a consequence there is no serious need for regulatory style wholesale price-fixing.

    The large variety in type, size and approach of registrars and the low entrance barrier to become one (.uk and .nl have more than 1000 registrars each), has provided a registrar community that takes care quite well of their domain name registrants interests. E.g. there are for-profit and not-for-profit registrars that have themselves specialised in individual users and various non-commercial sectors of society (f.i. churches and religious organisations).
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