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||Concerns for Applicants re: Finances
I am greatly concerned about the financial ability of the applicants to start up
and run the .org registry during the transition. The new registry has an obligation
to serve more than 2.5 million current registrations without service disruptions;
once ICANN selects a bidder, there will be several months of transition until the
registry is formally transferred. There will be significant costs associated with
this start up, which some bidders seem to underestimate. Furthermore, even after
the transfer of the registry, there will be little or no revenue from registrations
for another several months. In all, there may be a period of six months from the
award to the first new revenue. |
In light of this financial reality, I'd
like the bidders to respond to several questions about the financial obligations
of the transition.
a. I'd like each bidder to identify the funds that they are
relying on for the transition. Do you have money in the bank set aside or are you
relying on the third party partners or money from capital markets for the transition?
what extent does your financing for the transition depend on timely receipt of all
or part of the Verisign endowment? What are your plans for alternative financing
if a dispute or a delay arises in the transfer of those funds?
c. Are you financially
prepared to deal with unforeseen costs that might arise in the transition, particularly
those related to the technical operation of the registry?
d. Are you financially
prepared to deal with lower than expected numbers of new names being purchased/registrants
renewing. What tolerances do you have in your cash projections before being forced
to seek further funding
I'm also concerned about the stability of the .org registry
if it goes to a bidder that is relying in substantial part on the Verisign endowment
for funding. How solid is the commitment from Verisign to turn over the money? I
understand that there is a signed agreement between Verisign and ICANN with respect
to the endowment, but what are the remedies if Verisign delays or receives a waiver
on the agreement? And most important, do the bidders relying on the endowment
have the resources to function in the meantime as well as to engage in a legal dispute
and perhaps protracted litigation?
- Concerns for Applicants re: Finances asjunk, July 24 @ 9:29 PM (4/4)