Afilias and Neulevel - Two mini-verisign's in the making?
With regard to the proposed Agreement changes for the .info, .biz and the .org domain name gTLD's, I would like to place forward my observations: 1. ICANN does not stand to gain any overt monetary benefit on the proposed changes. Their proposed fee escalation seems to increase at a reasonable rate of inflation from $ 0.15/domain/year in 2007/8 to $ 0.20/domain/year in 2008/9/10 to $0.25/domain/year in 2011/12 and this (according to me), is a reasonable increase. 2. The other parties that stand to gain from these proposed changes are: a. The .info registrar - Afilias (www.afilias.info) b. The .biz registrar - Neulevel (www.neulevel.biz) c. The .org registrar - Pir (www.pir.org) Now let us probe for some more information available on each registar's respective website - Afilias manages the .info registry, provide back-end core registry services for PIR (the .org registrar) and also to the CC Tld's .IN (India), .SG (Singapore), .BZ (Belize), .SC (Seychelles), .VC (St. Vincent) , .AG (Antigua), .GI (Gibraltar), .LA (Laos) and .HN (Honduras) registrars. Their website says "Afilias was formed in September of 2000 by a group of industry leading domain name registrars in recognition of the need for increased competition in the domain name industry at the registry level". No futher information is provided about who these 'Domain name Registrars' are/were. Ok lets go to Neulevel. Neulevel is owned by Neustar Inc, who are not only manage the .BIZ registry but also the .US registry. They have been allowed to form the .kids.us second level domain extension as well. In addition they manage the .CN and the .TW gTLD's. That's not all. They also 'manage' alongwith Cordance, the i-names Global registry service (GRS) for the @name digital address. As for PIR, we have already seen that PIR's registry back-end is provided for by Afilias. The reason I have outlined the above is so that we now know clearly that Afilias and Neustar/Neulevel are the only two corporate entities who will gain from these proposed changes. We first had a Verisign dominating the registry scene and now we have these two mini - verisign's who have managed to capture a substantial chunk of the registrar pie. What will we see next? Lifting of price controls for the .US and other domains listed above? I strongly OPPOSE any such arbitary proposals which have been formed without taking into account the opinions of the main participants in this Industry. Unless all views are taken into account, this proposal will be nothing short of 'dictatorship'. Ameet Arurkar a.k.a 'Premium Domains' on DNF, NP, DP & SP