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Username: RobS
Date/Time: Wed, March 21, 2001 at 5:36 AM GMT
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Subject: Separation of Registry and Registrar Functions


Verisign/NSI has already started to get hold of other domain-related services, such as the aftermarket (with the buy-out of the largest aftermarket site --  While there is the potential for abuse by any registrar that is also working in the aftermarket (by not properly releasing expired domain names with highest appraisals), having direct access to the registry would allow further abuse by transferring high-potential expired domains directly to the registrar's aftermarket.    
Therefore the .com top level domain, which is the most controversial and has the largest number of registrations by far, should have a distinct separation between the registrar and registry.

Link: directory of Accredited Registrars

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