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Username: Bret_Fausett
Date/Time: Wed, April 25, 2001 at 3:23 PM GMT
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Subject: Confidentiality Restrictions in Appendix U


        I'm very disappointed to see Section 9 of Afilias' Appendix
U, attempting to place confidentiality restrictions around certain
categories of  reporting. Afilias is a willing participant in a
testbed, and it certainly understood when it applied for a new
TLD that, if successful, its launch and early operations would be
scrutinized by the public in preparation for subsequent rounds of
new TLDs. If any registry is now unwilling to provide this
information in a public and timely manner, there are some 40
companies that would gladly take its place.      

I'm not unsympathetic to the fear that proving the concept of
successful competition at the same time your principal
competitor (Verisign) has access to your registration and
marketing data is self-defeating. But, in this instance, I think the
interest in evaluating the testbed and moving forward rapidly to a
second round of new TLD selections trumps these legitimate
temporary concerns.

I'd like to see Section 9 of Appendix U deleted in its entirety.

   -- Bret Fausett


Link: Appendix U of Draft Afilias Registry Agreement

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