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RE: [gnso-vi-feb10] Board resolution on Vertical Integration

  • To: "'Mike O'Connor'" <mike@xxxxxxxxxx>, vertical integration wg <Gnso-vi-feb10@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: RE: [gnso-vi-feb10] Board resolution on Vertical Integration
  • From: Milton L Mueller <mueller@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 10:38:55 -0400

> -----Original Message-----
> what say the rest of you?  it looks like our choice is between working
> very hard to see if we can find a consensus position over the next 72
> hours, or leave the decision with the Board.  my schedule is quite open
> over the next few days, so i'm willing to put a LOT of
> drafting/support/helping-out time into this if the rest of you think
> it's worth the effort.

I'd say that the group already does have a consensus position, one which 
corresponds to the GAC's latest intervention, and also corresponds to the Salop 
and Wright position. 

That position is: there should be exceptions to registry registrar separation. 
Vertical integration can be a good thing for consumers and suppliers and it can 
also be a bad thing when the parties have market power. 

An "exceptions" position that leaves more or less unspecified what the details 
are, but refers to our prior report about the pros and cons of various 
positions, seems to me a reasonable point of agreement. 


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