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RrSG Support for RySG Comments on the gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta)

  • To: comments-gtld-marketplace-health-beta-19jul16@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: RrSG Support for RySG Comments on the gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta)
  • From: Graeme Bunton <gbunton@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 9 Sep 2016 16:36:56 -0400

The Registrar Stakeholder Group would like to add it's support behind the comments filed by the Registry Stakeholder Group on the gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta).

While we endorse the RySG comments as whole, we would also like to specifically point out the importance of some of the issues raised by the Registries.

First, we find the the indicators for Geographic Diversity to be rudimentary. As acknowledged in the report, many Registrars serve and target markets outside of their own jurisdiction, as well, this measure should take into account the numerous countries served by the re-sellers of wholesale registrars. We would encourage ICANN to dig further into potential measures for diversity.

Secondly, as also pointed out by the Registries, the number of de-accredited Registrars tells us almost nothing without some sense of scale of the registrars involved. Again we would encourage ICANN to find more robust metrics for this area.


Graeme Bunton

Chair, Registrar Stakeholder Group.

Graeme Bunton
Manager, Analytics and Insights
Manager, Public Policy
Tucows Inc.
PH: 416 535 0123 ext 1634

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