Re: [bc-gnso] ICANN Board Votes to Enhance New gTLDs Competition - New gTLD Registrars and Registries will Compete for the Benefit of Consumers
I wonder what surprises are in store within the new AG. Sent from +1(415)606-3733 On Nov 10, 2010, at 8:16 AM, "martinsutton@xxxxxxxx" <martinsutton@xxxxxxxx> wrote: > > http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-09nov10-en.htm > > ICANN's Board of Directors voted to allow new gTLD registries to own > registrars, opting not to create new rules prohibiting registrars from > applying for or operating new gTLD registries. > Following over two years of community discussions, which had not resulted in > consensus, the Board carefully considered expert economic advice, community > comments, and numerous proposed approaches to registry-registrar > cross-ownership. > > "In the absence of existing policy or new bottom-up policy recommendations, > the Board saw no rationale for placing restrictions on cross-ownership;" said > Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman of the Board. "Any possible abuses can be > better addressed by properly targeted mechanisms. Co-ownership rules are not > an optimal technique in this area." > > Under the Board resolution additional enforcement mechanisms have been added. > New gTLD registry agreements are to include: (1) a Code of Conduct > prohibiting any misuse of data or other abusive conduct arising out of > registry-registrar cross-ownership; (2) robust auditing requirements; (3) > graduated sanctions up to and including contractual termination and punitive > damages; and (4) ICANN's right to refer competition issues to appropriate > government competition authorities. > > Background: The cross-ownership provisions have varied over time and no > formal "policy" on this topic has ever been recommended or adopted by ICANN. > (For example, each of the seven new gTLDs delegated by ICANN in the 2000-2001 > proof-of-concept introduced by ICANN in 2000 have featured some degree of > registry-registrar cross-operation or cross-ownership.) > > The ICANN community has been discussing whether to continue, expand or remove > the restrictions in current registry agreements that limit the existing > registries from owning more than 15% of a registrar. Some have urged the > creation of new rules that would for the first time prohibit registrars from > applying for or operating new gTLDs. > > The ICANN Board had previously attempted to spur a consensus view, asking > ICANN's GNSO to resolve the registry-registrar cross-ownership question. In > May 2010, the ICANN Board encouraged the GNSO to develop a consensus based > policy on this issue, but indicated that the Board would review the issue if > no consensus position was reached. The GNSO recently reported that it has > been unable to reach consensus. > > Martin C SUTTON > Group Risk > Manager, Group Fraud Risk and Intelligence | HSBC HOLDINGS PLC HGHQ > Group Security & Fraud Risk > 8 Canada Square,Canary Wharf,London,E14 5HQ,United Kingdom > ________________________________________________________________ > > Phone. +44 (0)20 7991 8074 / 7991 8074 > Mobile. +44 (0) 7774556680 > Email. martinsutton@xxxxxxxx > ________________________________________________________________ > ----------------------------------------- SAVE PAPER - THINK BEFORE YOU > PRINT! This E-mail is confidential. It may also be legally privileged. If you > are not the addressee you may not copy, forward, disclose or use any part of > it. If you have received this message in error, please delete it and all > copies from your system and notify the sender immediately by return E-mail. > Internet communications cannot be guaranteed to be timely secure, error or > virus-free. The sender does not accept liability for any errors or omissions.