[GTLD-WG] [CPWG] Applicant Support Ideas

Roberto Gaetano roberto_gaetano at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 23 10:06:16 UTC 2019

I see two problems.
The first one is that while the registries are obliged to treat all registrars in the same way, the registrars can pick and choose which TLD to market.
The second one, and IMHO far more important, is related to Universal Acceptance. Since there is no obligation about being UA-compliant enforced by ICANN on contracted parties, the support for non-ASCII scripts, often linked to underserved markets, is sib-optimal, to say the least.

> On 22.07.2019, at 16:45, John McCormac <jmcc at hosterstats.com> wrote:
> 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.
> Regards...jmcc
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