RE: Re: [ga] Re: VeriSign Proposal a Done Deal??
There is and will continue to be clear separation between the VeriSign
Registry and VeriSign Registrar regardless of how much people refuse to
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> From: Roberto Gaetano [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2002 8:17 PM
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> Subject: RE: Re: [ga] Re: VeriSign Proposal a Done Deal??
> Chuck Gomes wrote:
> >Since 1996, there have been potential domain name holders who have
> >requested some sort of wait list service in case domain names are
> >released into the available pool. The service at the registrar level
> >was a response to this demand. Putting the service at the registry
> >level improves the value of the service for potential registrants.
> The more I think about this, the less I like it.
> In 1996 the situation was rather different, as there was no
> between the Registrar and the Registry.
> One of the pillars of a healthy competition was, IMHO, the
> separation of the
> roles (you might remember that for this very reason I did
> strongly oppose
> the new contract allowing Verisign to do both for .com).
> Here we have yet another proof of how unwise was that choice,
> because there
> is an obvious (to me, at least) conflict of interest between
> the Registrar
> and the Registry in offering competing services.
> Incidentally, if Verisign (the Registry) registers an expired
> name to the
> first-in-queue, skipping the Registrars, who will be the
> Registrar that will
> be commercially in contact with the Registrant for future
> services? Or will
> Verisign (the Registry) operate also as Registrar, and this
> from Verisign (the Registrar)? Obviously, to have Verisign
> (the Registrar)
> inheriting the Registrar function for the Registrants in the
> queues operated
> by Verisign (the Registry) will be unfair practice.
> >The value to the Internet community therefore seems rather obvious to
> >me. But, if there is none as you suggest, then the service will be a
> >failure. On the other hand, if there is demand and hence
> value, it will
> >succeed. The level of success will depend on how much
> demand and value
> >there is. The best way to test it is to let the market
> prove it one way
> >or other.
> I disagree that the commercial success should be the only measure.
> Let's take the extreme example of the smugglers of cigarettes
> and spirits:
> they provide a doubtless value to the customers by selling
> directly foreign
> goods, skipping part of the value chain that will include
> resellers and
> taxes, but the commercial success is not a good enough reason
> to allow the
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