Transparency and equivalent contracts
To Whom It May Concern: With the new regime of new gTLDs coming into play, ICANN appears to be creating two, and as it may stand, three, tiers of Registry agreements between incumbents and new registries. ICANN should strive, over time, to eliminate all differences between registry agreements so that transparency and equivalent contracts become the ICANN standard. With that view in mind, RNA Partners, Inc. supports Verisign allocating single letters in the .COM Registry in the same manner that the .INFO and .BIZ single letters were allocated in those registries, i.e. via the RSTEP process. In both of the cases the approach was successful and single letters were allocated without issue. The .COM single letter domain name allocation process should proceed as soon as possible to bring .COM into alignment with other incumbent generic top-level registries in the treatment of single letters to the benefit of those businesses which qualify to register and use a single letter second level name. We recommend that this process should proceed as soon after the conclusion of the Verisign agreement on .COM as possible, so that ICANN can move to reduce the three tiers of agreements to two, while serving registrants who are interested in such domain names. Sincerely, Ronald N. Andruff RNA Partners, Inc.