Registrar Stakeholder Group Position Regarding Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part B
March 31, 2011 Registrar Stakeholder Group Position Regarding Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part B BACKGROUND The Registrar Stakeholder Group ("RrSG") is providing feedback regarding the Final Report for the Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy Part B ("IRTP B"). This position paper captures the overall sentiment expressed by the RrSG members who provided feedback about this matter. Due to time constraints, however, no formal vote regarding this position paper was taken. RrSG POSITION The RrSG commends the IRTP B Working Group for its efforts publishing the IRTP B Final Report. The RrSG generally supports the recommendations contained in the Report. RrSG members are particularly intrigued with the concept of a proposed Emergency Action Channel ("EAC") that may be used only by and between registrars and/or ICANN to resolve critical domain name emergencies. RrSG members support the fundamental intent of this concept; namely, providing a fast and effective channel for communication between registrars when cases of serious domain name emergencies arise, such as hijacking. RrSG members believe, however, for the EAC to be completely effective, the nature of emergencies to be handled via such a channel must be precisely defined for the benefit of registrants, registrars, and ICANN. Most registrars devote carefully planned resources to effective customer service, and the majority of service communications, appropriately, should continue to be directed there. Expectations about the use of such an EAC should be clearly understood and agreed to by those given the privilege of its use. Further, should difficulties in an EAC arise, ICANN and registrars, from time to time, should evaluate and adjust the operational parameters as necessary. The RrSG wishes to underscore that its support of a proposed Emergency Action Channel is limited to communication between and among only registrars or ICANN concerning serious and urgent domain name related emergencies. With respect to design and implementation of a proposed Emergency Action Channel, RrSG members agree that this task should remain in the hands of the existing IRTP B Working group. The IRTP B Working Group is well suited to define the parameters and create a proposed solution that is workable for the ICANN community. CONCLUSION The opinions expressed by the RrSG in this position paper should not be interpreted to reflect the individual opinion of any particular RrSG member.