RE: [ga] GA Straw Poll
My preference is option A.: to keep the contract with NSI of 1999 and
recommend that the Board do not proceed with the new contract prepared and
negotiated by the staff.
1. Extremely harmful loss of credibility for ICANN as a bottom -up
decisionmaking process, if the Board carries out policy decisions once
again that have been made without advice from the DNSO.
This reason carries more weight than the others, in my view.
2. Competition among registries is not significantly enhanced if Verisign
spins off a "restricted" .org TLD
3. ICANN has indicated that some .org registrants may lose acquired rights
at some time after the spinoff. If this is the case it is better that .org
remains with Verisign.
4. Continued functioning by Verisign as registry and registrar for .com
will affect the businesses of competing registrars negatively and enhance
the market dominance of Verisign.
ICANN was committed to enhancing competition in the name registration
industry, for the benefit of the Name Holders.
ICANN accredited Dot com registrars have invested in their businesses in
the expectation that NSI/Verisign would be divested of the registrar business.
They too will lose faith in ICANN if the new deal goes ahead.
I am conscious of some positive aspects (for ICANN, not necessarily for the
stakeholders) of the new agreement, but they are outweighed, IMHO, by the
negatives listed above.
Former bootstrap of the CA/idno
The Polling Booth
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