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[gnso-vi-feb10] RE: GAC Comments on new GTLDs and DAGv4

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  • Subject: [gnso-vi-feb10] RE: GAC Comments on new GTLDs and DAGv4
  • From: Eric Brunner-Williams <ebw@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2010 08:49:27 -0400


The GAC Comment of the 23rd contains a reference to registry registrar separation, at pages 3 and 4:

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Registry-registrar separation

The GAC notes the significant work being done within the ICANN community to resolve the difficult issue of registry-registrar separation. The GAC looks forward to further discussion of this important issue.

The GAC notes that CANN has incorporated strict rules in version 4 of the DAG under which registrars are not able to provide registry services or to operate a new gTLD. Governments generally support restrictions on vertical integration and cross-ownership as important devices for promoting competition, preventing market dominance and averting market distortions. The GAC notes in this regard the Salop and Wright report and recognizes that vertical separation may be warranted where a market participant wields, or may in the future wield, market power.

However, the GAC also recognises that if market power is not an issue, the ability of registrars with valuable technical, commercial and relevant local expertise and experience to enter the domain names market could likely lead to benefits in terms of enhancing competition and promoting innovation.

An important additional benefit which the GAC expects would flow from such an exemption would be that community-based TLD applicants would be able to cast their net more widely in securing partners with the necessary expertise and experience in the local market to undertake what would be relatively small scale registry functions.

The GAC therefore urges ICANN to resolve the current debate about registry-registrar separation with a solution that fosters competition and innovation in the DNS market by allowing exemptions, subject to some form of regulatory probity that ensures a level playing field, for certain registrars as potentially valuable newcomers to the registry market. ICANN may find it useful to consider the experience of competition regulators around the world in addressing this issue.

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