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    Re: Republican Senators Express Concern Over Renew
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Friday August 02 2002, @12:13PM (#8330)
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    The registrar community itself could come up with a self-regulatory model. While there have been some moves in that area, that is likely well into the future if the past is any example. In lieu of that, ICANN should define just what it means by registrar accreditation. Are they accrediting only the technical competence (or even the technical competence, given the lowest competence level is very low), or are they also accrediting based on business practices? If they are, they should be very specific and open about where and how much, and the why of it wouldn't hurt either. It would then fall to governments and courts to regulate the remainder. Even that isn't perfect, ICANN has its UDRP and it is sometimes in collision with courts and laws. I'd prefer a minimalist model for ICANN, that they keep to technical competence questions, if that, and let courts and laws sort out the rest.

    Right now we have a situation where no-one is doing it, the governments leave it to ICANN, ICANN either doesn't do it or does it badly. It will be messy and probably inconsistent, but each registrar is based within the reach of some law(s) and some government(s), and there are registrants all over the globe. Go after a rogue registrar or two and see how quickly the rest wise up. Organized registrants could do this better and pick an optimal situation and location to send a message, or a series of them. If they fail to organize, or even to act individually in their respective countries, they must themselves share the blame. I do, however, think that ICANN should work to have some minimal standards in place to deal with questionable business practices.

    For example, it seems strange to talk about ICANN regulating prices, what do you think the prices of the best .info and .biz names that the registrars snagged for themselves will be when they sell them? -g

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    Re: Republican Senators Express Concern Over Renew by fnord
    Re: Republican Senators Express Concern Over Renew
    by RFassett on Saturday August 03 2002, @03:46AM (#8339)
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    "The registrar community itself could come up with a self-regulatory model."

    as long as this particular retail sector is placed in a position of survival by beating eachother up over the very same scarce product, slamming, self dealing, selling privilaged bandwidth, delaying transfer requests, and whatever other imaginative ideas that can be dreamed up towards survival will continue. It's only common sense. Industry self regulation will exist for the consumer when scarcity has been removed from the value equation as much as can be made possible and separation exists at the retail level for reasons of quality service and overall reputation. To expect this to happen where survival prevails based upon scarcity is really quite naive.....but after 4 years and flooding the market place with "accreditations", try explaining this Business 101 to ICANN or those registrars that favor the status quo because they have found a way to profit from it and endlessly point to "price reduction" to substantiate their position. Price reduction happened the second the registrar sector was opened up. Everything else has come after by the players that occupy it, mostly for reasons of plain survival as a result of scarcity.
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