Message from Elana Broitman to Paul Twomey
From: Elana Broitman
Sent: 01 October, 2003 12:07
To: Paul Twomey
Cc: Dan Halloran
Subject: Registrars Ballot "TLD Wildcards"
Dear Paul - On October 24th, the Registrar Constituency had passed a ballot with regard to the VeriSign Site Finder (or Wild Card) service. I am sending you the text of the ballot, which was passed unanimously by 73% of the eligible votes, with a single abstention. The Constituency recommends that the text of the ballot be added as its formal position to the link under ICANN's site regarding this issue.
Chair, Registrar Constituency
The text of this closed ballot is as follows:
Whereas, VeriSign has created a condition that presently risks the stability and security of the domain name system;
Whereas, this condition undermines competition in the registrar and registry sectors;
Whereas, this initiative was undertaken without prior notice to registrars, network operators, internet service providers, the general internet community and ICANN and its constituencies;
Therefore be it resolved that the GNSO Registrar Constituency strongly recommends that ICANN immediately require that VeriSign suspends this condition and returns a "NXDOMAIN" response for zone file entries that do not exist and ceases serving requests for wild-card entries in response to DNS queries to the relevant gTLD zones until such time as ICANN and its Supporting Organizations provide input on the relevant security, stability and competition issues; and
Resolved that the GNSO Registrar Constituency strongly urge that ICANN conduct an analysis to ensure that any such service be in compliance with the Verisign .com and .net Registry Agreements, any other applicable agreements and the principles of maintaining and coordination the security and stability of the DNS in a competitive environment prior to the reinitiation of the aforementioned condition; and
Resolved that the GNSO Registrar Constituency highly recommends that any gTLD registry be required to follow a predetermined process designed to ensure similar consultation, analysis and provide due and proper notice prior to creating similar conditions or new service.