A registrar opinion of the .COM renewal.
We are an ICANN accredited registrar who is also a managed DNS provider. Thus Verisign to us functions as both a supplier and a competitor. We have no quarrel with Verisign as a company. What we have an issue with is ICANN's role in their oversight of this key aspect of the internet infrastructure. The fact that there is no competitive bidding process exacerbates issues about which we have previously gone on record which we feel put global stakeholders at an extreme disadvantage to US-based ones. Those issues revolve around governance and issues of law with regard to all domains registered under a given TLD - in this case, .com. We have seen in practice that all .com domains are under legal jurisdiction of the United States owing to the fact that the registry operator is a US-based company. Thus even non-US domains operating outside of the United States can be subject to takedowns at the whim of the US government or agencies without due process or recourse. This single fact should, if ICANN were properly considering the interests of the global stakeholders they represent, force an examination and debate of the unique international legal aspects of internet governance. In doing so, the operation of the .com tld would be openly questioned in terms of what is the best way to structure it in light of these complicated legal issues. Out of this, alternative scenarios to a non-competitive renewal would necessarily be examined. At the very least, a competitive bid on the operation of .COM would bring out international players, or multi-national players who would perhaps table alternative governance structures & legal procedures that were fairer to all global stakeholders. -mark -- Mark Jeftovic, Founder & CEO, easyDNS Technologies Inc. Company Website: http://easydns.com Read My Blog: http://markable.com +1-416-535-8672 ext 225