Email from Tina Dam to Registry Operators and Sponsors
Date: Monday, January 24, 2005
From: Tina Dam
To: gTLD Registry Operators and Sponsors
Subject: Temporary increase in access to the shared registration system
Dear Registries and Sponsors,
ICANN received an inquiry about the need for a temporary increase in access to the shared registration system for registration of new domain names. This increase is due to a specific marketing program that is anticipated to result in a temporary significant increase in new domain name registrations.
ICANN has been asked if this raises an issue under the equivalent access provisions of the Registry Agreement. In this instance the increase in access is not a violation of the equivalent access provision: all registrars will still be able to register new domain names as their demand requires and the pursuit of this opportunity by one registrar does not preclude others form pursuing similar endeavors. Marketing programs such as these enhance and promote competition in a way consistent with ICANN's mission.
This email will be posted online at http://www.icann.org/correspondence/. Please let me know if you have any questions to the above.
Chief gTLD Registry Liaison