Re: [gnso-vi-feb10] Single Registrant TLDs
- To: Gnso-vi-feb10@xxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Re: [gnso-vi-feb10] Single Registrant TLDs
- From: Avri Doria <avri@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 9 Apr 2010 08:48:30 -0400
On 9 Apr 2010, at 08:17, Volker Greimann - Key-Systems GmbH wrote:
> Allowing all nGTLD applicants to bypass the registrar system would
> effectively lead us back to the domain business we had a decade ago, which is
> IMHO definitely not in the interest of the consumer.
Humility* aside, please explain why this is. I would like to understand how
this has helped consumers and how that benefit has been measured.
I have heard different theories about whether the current modality has helped
consumers or whether it was even necessary - so leaving aside for the moment
the subject of whether it helps or hinders innovation and creativity, please
show evidence for the ways in which having separate Registrars has benefited
For example, have there been cases where a registry lowered its fees, and the
regisrar did not in turn lower theirs to the consumer but absorbd the profit?
I also am not sure I understand how any middleman who ads to the price,
benefits users unless they are offering some value add service. So what
service have the registrars aded that was not doable by the Registries,
especially now that registries have effectively split into registry service
providers (RSP) and registry owners (RO) and we have full service resellers.
I really do not care too much about how the mountains of profit gained from
these consumers are split between the Registry Service Providers, Registry
owners, Registrars and Resellers - what I care about, in this instance, is
showing why having the Registrars, with the add on costs to the consumer in
their role as middlemen, has been a protector and a benefit to the consumer.
Again, I expect you can show this quite clearly and I expect that at the end of
the explanation we will most all accept the importance of having registrars, I
just think it would be helpful to have it explained.
* the humility in question is the H in IMHO, for those who may not know the
acronym: IMHO, In My Humble Opinion,