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Username: Werner Staub
Date/Time: Fri, March 9, 2001 at 9:00 PM GMT
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Subject: Astronomic Registry Operator Transfer Fee not justified


                Section 5.2.3 of the proposed agreement specifes a fee to be
paid to the old Registry Operator by the new one if at the
end of the term a different Registry operator is chosen by
ICANN. The amount of the fee is enormous - a short calculation
shows that it amounts more than one year of the total turnover
of the registry.

This fee is absolutely unjustified. Its only effect is to make
a transfer impossible, or if transfer there is, the new registry
operator would have to squeeze even more money out of the TLD.

The inverse is justified. Registrations are pre-payments over
one or several years. This means that a significant portion of
of the fees collected by the incumbent Registry Operator are
actually for the period handled by the successor.
The uncumbent should transfer these funds to the successor.



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