[gnso-vi-feb10] Statement of Harms from initial and later revisited Vertical Separation
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- Subject: [gnso-vi-feb10] Statement of Harms from initial and later revisited Vertical Separation
- From: Volker Greimann <vgreimann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2010 19:32:33 +0200
Many proponents of a strict restriction against VI have voiced the
opinion that such a restriction is necessary for now, but can be
released once the new gTLDs have been introduced (rounds two and three).
I must voice a strong opposition to this view as it would place the
parties currently restricted into an even worse competitive position.
Limiting the competition from registrars on the registry market
completely, as is currently proposed by ICANN and RACK will prevent the
registrar from getting a foot on the ground in this new market. If such
policies are later revisited and removed, the registrar community will
no longer be in a position to benefit from this review. Such a
retroactive change of policy will only benefit those parties with market
power, meaning the incumbent registrars and (gTLD) registry service
providers while squeezing the registrar community in their own markets.
This is one of the reasons I have continued to state that effectively,
there is only one round of gTLDs. A preliminary limitation, that is
later removed when all parties realize it was not really necessary to
implement VS, will do more harm to competition in the gTLD market than
VI can ever do.