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[registrars] FW: [NSITestBed] Registration Activity by Registrars

I am posting this message on behalf of Ken Stubbs - PLEASE remember that
this is a closed list.  If you post from an unauthorized e-mail account your
message will be bounce.  I cannot guarantee that I will be able to repost
all bounced messages.  Thanks again for your continued cooperation. Your
humble interim secretariat :)

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fellow registrars..
even though david graves seems to feel this topic is closed   (see e-mail
below)  and not subject to further debate or discussion, i would like to
point out my concern here that, in spite or assurances provided, i cant
believe that key information regarding competitive registrar performance
will somehow not "filter out" thru the cracks to other personnel at NSI.
please let me elaborate a bit:
i find it hard to accept  that the chief executive officer and chief
financial officer (mentioned in the representation below) of a
publicly -held company would not have accesss here thru: cash flow summaries
and sales reports  (who is going to sign off on the SEC reports & review the
data ... some accounting clerk... i think not !!)
accounts receivable recaps
market share reports
marketing performance analysis prepared by registry division for executive
committee review
registrar marketing division employee performance analysis

it also should be pointed out that for the last two months the testbed
registrars have been informed that our point-contact for BOTH the registry
as well as the NSI registrar was david graves (not exactly consostant with
the representations made below.)
personally, i dont get any real comfort nor confidence from the statment
below and am quite worried that the information could be used to fine-tune
NSI's registrar marketing efforts in various parts of the world.  this
critical data could be used to develop market penetration programs in parts
of the world where their share may be declining. descriminatory access to
this data can provide NSI a critical edge for market strategy development
any golbal market against any  competing registrar.
don't you think that they already have enough of a head-start and enough
built-in advantages ?
anyone care to comment here ?
best wishes
ken stubbs

----- Original Message -----
From:	Graves, Dave <daveg@netsol.com>
To:	'Testbed List' <testbed@nsiregistry.com>
Sent:	Tuesday, June 29, 1999 6:24 PM
Subject:	[NSITestBed] Registration Activity by Registrars

>During previous weekly teleconferences, Werner Staub and Ken Stubbs have
>requested that the Registry make available to all registrars information
>about the registration activity of each Registrar.  We decline to do that.
>As I have said before, disclosure of the numbers of domain name
>registrations by each Registrar is one indicator of the business activity
>a company.  Such disclosure may violate regulations of the country in which
>the Registrar is located.  If a Registrar wants to disclose the volume of
>its registration activity, the Registrar may do so.  But, the Registry will
>not disclose that information to any Registrar, including Network
>the Registrar.
>Ken Stubbs has discounted my statement that Network Solutions is doing
>everything it can reasonably to do keep the Registrar and Registry
>businesses separate.  He is certainly entitled to his opinion.  But, I will
>state one more time that individuals who make business decisions about
>Network Solutions' Registrar operations do not see data that shows
>Registrar-specific activity at the Registry.  The people to whom disclosure
>is denied include, but are not limited to. everyone in Marketing, the CFO,
>and the CEO.
>This issue is considered closed and not subject to additional debate.