Opposed to .jobs plan of "phased allocation"
We oppose the plan. We support the position of Ted Daywalt discussed at: http://www.collegerecruiter.com/weblog/2010/06/open_letter_fro.php If ICANN were to approve this proposal, it would be encouraging moral hazard for registry operators. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moral_hazard Registry operators (and TLD applicants in general) can promise the world to ICANN and to the public. When their business plans inevitably fail, they come to ICANN seeking unilateral changes, at no cost to themselves. In other words, instead of being allowed to "fail" (i.e. re-tender/redelegate the TLD to another operator), they can seek a bailout from ICANN. This not only affects that single registry/TLD, but other TLDs via the "equitable treatment" clauses of the various agreements, a domino effect that causes unintended consequences. It makes a mockery of the initial contractual negotiations and processes, as registry operators are able to make promises that they have no intention of ever keeping to ICANN and to the public, obtain the TLD, and then renegotiate later to get what they *really* want. In short, this plan should be rejected. The registry operator should be allowed to fail, or be re-bid to another party willing to fulfill the terms of the original agreement. By ICANN accepting this proposal (and other proposals like the .asia fee reductions, etc.), they are telling the world that every registry operator is "too big to fail." That should ring alarm bells amongst the true folks in charge (DOC/NTIA/DOJ), as it's a sign that ICANN is not doing its job properly, and is increasing the systemic risk in the DNS by propping up (indeed subsidizing) weak registry operators at the expense of the public interest. This is proof that "presumptive renewal" continues to be a bad idea for TLDs (both existing and new ones). Instead, the public would be best served via fixed-length contracts and regular tender processes for the operation of every TLD, just like how nearly every other procurement is done in government or the private sector. Sincerely, George Kirikos President Leap of Faith Financial Services Inc. http://www.leap.com/