Re: [ga] Fw: Discussion Paper: Redemption Grace Periods for Deleted Names
Providing comment to an already 3 days old text ...
"Probably the most common type of unintentional deletion
is caused by registrant mistake. Registrants sometimes
inadvertently fail to renew registrations due to a clerical
mistake or failure to receive a renewal notice (usually as
a result of failing to keep registration contact information
up-to-date.) If a registrant moves or changes Internet
service providers, the registrant might not receive a notice
from its registrar informing it that a renewal payment is due.
Also, some registrants may accidentally overlook a renewal
notice or mistake it for a solicitation or spam. Section
3.7.5 of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement requires
registrars to cancel the registration of any domain name
for which the registrant fails to pay a renewal fee at the
conclusion of a fixed registration period."
"3.7.5 Registrar shall register Registered Names to
Registered Name Holders only for fixed periods. At the
conclusion of the registration period, failure by or on
behalf of the Registered Name Holder to pay a renewal fee
within the time specified in a second notice or reminder
shall, in the absence of extenuating circumstances, result
in cancellation of the registration. In the event that
ICANN adopts a specification or policy concerning procedures
for handling expiration of registrations, Registrar shall
abide by that specification or policy."
We could probably learn from other that domain names services.
The public service subscriptions are much longer history that
Internet domain names under ICANN rules. They certainly vary
from country to country, but the spectra of solutions for them
could bring us some ideas for Internet domain names.
In France we have a simple and clever payment feature for all
kind of public services (water supply, electricity supply,
telephone supply, Internet access supply, etc.), whether they
are provided by public or private companies. When you subscribe
to such services, you usually want them to be renewed without
getting bothered periodically. The default situation is that
you will renew unless stated otherwise (and not that you will
not renew unless explicitly re-subscribed). And you back it up
by allowing the public service company to charge your bank account.
The advantage of being granted the payment is big enough to
make the public service companies taking care about their
reputation. Which is tourn makes consumer confident.
1. The subscriber sign a contract with a supplier, and allow
the supplier to charge its bank account periodically.
The supplier is sending few weeks in advance a printed
invoice indicating when the bank account is going to be
charged next time and the amount of money.
2. The subscriber may change his mind any time, with a short
notice, and cancel his subscription. But because the default
is well adapted to the most common situation, the subscriber
may also spent his summer vacation in Greece without
bothering about electricity bills, and will not get into
dark once at home.
I tend to believe that ICANN rules for the service on domain
names should be oriented towards stable customers.
As a practical action it can be that a "long term option"
based on a kind of automatic periodical payment could be added
to Registrant's choice and allow him to keep his companies
names for business or communication for unlimited duration.
Adding any number of days for grace period does not change a iota
a logic in deletion problem IMHO.
I think that the current ICANN text "ra-agreement-17may01.htm",
is too strongly intended for competition between Registrars
and does forget the basic need of Registrant for long term
stability and visibility on the Internet.
Simultaneously I wonder how the French example could help
into gTLD global planet situation.
No doubt that a Registrar incorporated in France may already
provide an automatic bank payment to its Registrants, therefore
grant de facto a "long term option" to its stable customers.
There is certainly some marketing efforts to be made.
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