Comments of Yahoo! Inc.
Yahoo! Inc. ("Yahoo!") hereby submits this comment in support of the funnel request by NeuStar, Inc. dated February 5, 2008 seeking modifications to the Add Grace Period ("AGP") within the .biz registry. Yahoo! is a leading global Internet brand and one of the most trafficked Internet destinations worldwide. With more than 500 million users around the globe, Yahoo! is focused on powering its communities of users, advertisers, publishers, and developers by creating indispensable experiences built on trust. The company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and has a presence in more than 20 markets and regions worldwide. As such, Yahoo! has been greatly affected by the abuses of the AGP associated with domain name tasting. Yahoo! applauds the efforts of NeuStar as well as the efforts of PIR and Affilias in taking proactive steps to curb abuses of the AGP within the .biz, .info and .org top level domains. Although Yahoo! remains concerned that further modifications may be required to truly end domain tasting abuses, we are encouraged by NeuStar's efforts and the efforts of Affilias and PIR. Yahoo! is hopeful that the registry operators for the remaining gTLDs will follow the lead of these three registries and voluntarily implement similar modifications to thwart abuses of the AGP until such time as the GNSO Council can provide a consensus policy solution to the ICANN Board for adoption. J. Scott Evans Yahoo! Inc. j. scott evans | senior director - legal | Yahoo! Inc. | evansj@xxxxxxxxxxxxx | 408.349.1385