[GTLD-WG] [CPWG] Applicant Support Ideas

John McCormac jmcc at hosterstats.com
Mon Jul 22 14:45:12 UTC 2019

On 17/07/2019 14:53, Jonathan Zuck wrote:
> https://archive.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/jas-milestone-report-11nov10-en.pdf
> https://archive.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/jas-second-milestone-report-09may11-en.pdf
> https://archive.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/jas-milestone-report-addenda-10nov10-en.pdf

If there is to be a new round, there should be some consideration given 
to updating the registry-registrars model. It was great for the 1990s 
with a largely Western market with high concentration of domain names on 
various registrars. It still works well in mature markets but it is 
unsuited to developing markets.

Some of these developing markets have relatively strong ccTLD 
registrar/reseller structures and few of them will ever have any 
intention of becoming an ICANN accredited registrar. Without registrar 
representation in these markets, would-be registrants may be forced to 
use large retail registrarts in other countries or outsource to 
registrar service providers again in other countries. This is also an 
economic loss to these developing markets and that creates a vicious 
circle for the economics of domain names in that market. (No 
registrations locally. No usage locally. Domain names registered in 
other TLDs instead. TLD becomes a non-core TLD choice in its target 
market with less than 10% of the market.)

The registry-registrars model is where a lot of problems arise for new 
gTLD registries in that the registrars know their markets best and often 
decide not to carry some NGTs. This has led to geographic concentration 
in some gTLDs that were originally intended to have a global market. It 
might require some analysis of what is a developing market and what is a 
mature market along with the intentions of prospective NGT registries.

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