Questions regarding Sentan bid
Dear .NET Bid Evaluators, I write to raise a number of queries about the Sentan bid. 1. Neulevel does not have sufficient engineering staff to run the registry. Neulevel uses shared staff from NeuStar to run its existing .BIZ registry, and will do the same for the .NET registry. Important and sensitive data regarding registry operations will be available to individuals at NeuStar, who are involved in the telecommunications sector in a major way. 2. Sentan has insufficient experience running a large scale registry. Neither of its partners has experience running any registry larger than 1.3 million domain names. Further, neither company has any experience in performing a large scale domain registry transition. 3. Neustar introduced the wildcard service in its .US domain, without any regard for breaking Internet standards and legacy applications. Its withdrawal of wildcards in the .US domain, it is believed, came not because the company believed that wildcards were inappropriate, but because they had not provided the US government sufficient notice of introduction. The company?s history in unambiguously supporting Internet standards, and taking community input prior to a large technical introduction is very poor. 4. The .BIZ and .US registry name servers suffer from regular timeouts, and some of their nameservers are routinely unreachable, as evidenced at RIPE?s DNSMON tool. 5. Neulevel has suffered significant personnel attrition since inception, going from as many as 200 employees to as few as 20. I hope that evaluators place careful regard to these questions, and require Sentan to answer them in a complete and satisfactory manner.