Namescout.com Opposition to .COM Settlement
Vint Cerf, Chairman of the Board ICANN Via Email Dear Dr. Cerf, Once again, we join our colleagues and competitors in the internet community to voice our concern for, and objections to, the revised ICANN/VeriSign .com Registry Agreement. In this regard, we support the comments made in the Joint Letter to the Board submitted by eight of the largest .com registrars yesterday. While the ICANN staff may look like they are listening, they are not hearing the concerns of this community and they most certainly are not acting on them. The revisions to the agreement are minor in nature and do not reflect the changes demanded in Vancouver and in the first round of public comments. Our comments and recommendations remain: 1. The .com agreement should not be used as a bargaining chip to settle the lawsuit with VeriSign. To do so is to violate your responsibility to your constituencies and you risk irreparable damaged to your credibility within the internet community. We recommend you separate the VeriSign lawsuit from the .com agreement as bundling the two represents a clear conflict of interest. 2. The allowed price increases are unjustifiable when market indicators and market demands suggest future price decreases. We recommend periodic competitive re-bids of the .com and other registry operation contracts. 3. We strongly reject the presumptive renewal built into the proposed agreement that would give VeriSign a virtual endless monopoly over the .com market. This is to the detriment of all parties, except VeriSign. ICANN must open this process up to competitive bidding. 4. Potential new registry services will stifle innovation and competitiveness in periphery .com markets and may have repercussions for registrars and registrants, particularly when those services are not subject to scrutiny or amendment for a period of two years. We recommend deletion of the sections dealing with new registry services and the incorporation of the registry service PDP prepared by the GNSO and recently adopted by the ICANN Board. Sincerely, Dave Chiswell CEO NameScout Corporation NameScout Corporation is an accredited ICANN Registrar offering domain registration, web hosting and email services.