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[ga] GA members' statement on dot-org divestiture

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From: Thomas Roessler <roessler@does-not-exist.org>
To: comments-dotorg@dnso.org
Cc: council@dnso.org
Date: Fri, 1 Feb 2002 17:56:36 +0100
Subject: GA members' statement on dot-org divestiture

The undersigned members of the DNSO General Assembly

 1. endorse the criteria and guidelines for applicants
    for operation of the .org registry contained
    in the Final Report of the .org Task Force

 2. support the unrestricted character of .ORG, both for
    new and old registrants, and the absence of new
    eviction mechanisms for domain name holders.

 3. emphasize the need for a complete divestiture
    of the .org TLD and urge the DNSO Names Council and
    the ICANN Board to ensure that the divestiture
    increases competition. The applicant organizations
    must submit proposals which are consistent with
    the goal of divestiture.

 4. are concerned about the possibility of a price raise
    in the .org registration fee and emphasize that the
    registry fee should be "as low as feasible consistent
    with the maintenance of good quality service" (TF Final
    Report, 4). The ICANN Board's decision about the
    applicant organization should not be deflected by
    excessive attention to proposals for spending a
    possible surplus.

 5. encourage applicant organizations to propose ways
    of ensuring that the "differentiation of the domain",
    which is "a key objective in the transition" (TF Final
    Report, 2e), is also communicated to dispute resolution
    providers and panelists. A simplistic, undifferentiated
    approach to domain disputes in the .org TLD puts the
    potential benefits at risk.

 6. urge applicant organizations to consider incentives and
    deterrents to ensure that all registrars market .org
    domains in a way which does not run counter to the goal
    of differentiation enabling end-user choice.

 7. thank the GA representative on the .org Task Force,
    Marc Schneiders, for his work.


Don Brown <donbrown_L@inetconcepts.net>		 GA-subscr, GA-voting
Marc Schneiders <marc@fuchsia.bijt.net>		 GA-subscr, GA-voting, 
Sotiris Sotiropoulos <sotiris@hermesnetwork.com> GA-subscr, GA-voting
Dan Steinberg <synthesis@videotron.ca>		 GA-voting
Michael Froomkin <froomkin@law.miami.edu> 	 GA-subscr, GA-voting
Thomas Roessler <roessler@does-not-exist.org>	 GA-subscr, GA-voting
Joop Teernstra <terastra@terabytz.co.nz>	 GA-subscr, GA-voting
Alexander Svensson <alexander@svensson.de>       GA-subscr, GA-voting
David P. Farrar <david@farrar.com>		 GA-subscr, GA-voting
Leah Gallegos <jandl@jandl.com>			 GA-subscr, GA-voting
Jessica Westbrook <JessWest@aol.com>		 GA-subscr, GA-voting


Chuck Gomes <cgomes@verisign.com>		 GA-voting, gTLD 
Jeff Williams <jwkckid1@ix.netcom.com>

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