>4. You feel that IOD will be charging too much per registration. We wonder why you
haven't yet become active against the practice of
NSI, who is currently charging
35$ for the renewal of a domain name.
And, if we are not wrongly informed, renewals
are only possible through NSI. The first registration fee therefore plays a minor
role. You obviously did not look into the fact that Affilias' (incl. NSI's) charge
of 6$ form an open contrast to that current renewal charges of 35$ within .com, .net
and .org. It doesn't add to Afilias' credibility. Main question here: How high will
the renewal cost/year be, if Afilias get .web? After you know this, you may compare
Have you even read the Afilias application? Do you even understand how
the current system works? Obviously not. There are 2 parts of NSI - the registry
division and the registrar division. The registry division charges $6 per domain.
This is the fee that every registrar pays per domain registration. The registrar
division can charge anything they like on top of that. NSI, the registrar, currently
charges $29 on top of the registry fee (for a total registration fee of $35). Other
registrars charge as little as $10 per domain (meaning they're only charging $4 on
top of the registry fee). Because there are now over 100 accredited ICANN registrars,
you have a CHOICE as to who you register with. Don't want to pay $35 for a name?
Don't register with NSI. Already registered a name with NSI? You can easily transfer
it to another registrar. The bottom line is that you have CHOICE.
the system works the same way. Registrars can charge whatever they want on top of
the $5.95 registry fee. On Day 1, you'll be able to choose a registrar based on their
price. There's no guarantee of that with IOD.
>6. We are sorry you didn't raise
the question whether or not the
enormous market strength of a multi-company like
the recently joined
Afilias group won't harm the interests to introduce diversity.
We personally think it does, because one worldwide active company is not equal to
many companies active worldwide. Hopefully you are not about to create a worldwide
monopole. Please reconsider this.<
ICANN *did* consider diversity in their report
(did you even read it?), and when it comes to diversity, you can't beat Afilias.
They have 19 member companies of various in size, located in different regions around
the world. It doesn't get more diverse than that.
All this talk of Afilias being
a monopoly shows the lack of understanding of the term monopoly. How is Afilias a
monopoly when they have 19 member companies sharing the wealth?
IOD would be the
monopoly, since it's a single company, and as of today, its ownership is spread amongst
4 individuals. We've already been through a monopoly (NSI) and it didn't work. Been
there, done that. Why do it over again by selecting IOD?
>Comment by Human Bios
GmbH Switzerland (CEO = Friedrich Kisters)<
It should be noted that Mr. Kisters
holds the pre-registration for business.web through IOD and thus has a great vested
interest in the IOD application.