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Re: Personal Comments on the Revised Proposed

  • To: revised-settlement@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Re: Personal Comments on the Revised Proposed
  • From: Larry Davidson <warpedspeeds@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2006 20:03:02 -0800 (PST)

I am always hesitant to second guess the way any small business operator runs 
their business, but I saw Tim Ruiz defense of why registrars haven't passed on 
savings from .net reductions and it strains credulity. Of course, many 
businesses sell in bundles. But they also sell a la carte, and if they are just 
pocketing the cost reductions then they have very little credibility to claim 
they are pro-consumer.
   
  His argument seems to be that ICANN and the rest of the Internet community 
will just have to trust his fellow registrars that they will pass on savings 
they get. As the owner of multiple domain names and many more horror stories 
(mostly from NSI) to count there is now way that registrars have earned any 
amount of trust. 
   
  The ICANN Board must make an independent decision on whether this settlement 
is a positive step or not. But they must make it independent of the pressure 
that a narrow group of businesses with vested interests but no track record of 
trust.
   
  Jeffrey Rogers and Larry Davidson
  BBG International
   

                
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