Letter from EnCirca to ICANN
October 13, 2003
Mr. Paul Twomey
President and CEO
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Re: A Moratorium on All Registry Services
Dear Mr. Twomey:
EnCirca urges ICANN to announce a moratorium on the introduction of all registry services until the GNSO has had an opportunity to develop a consensus-based policy for the introduction of registry services.
EnCirca applauds ICANN's decision to facilitate a proposal for a timely, transparent and predictable procedure for the introduction of registry services. The entire DNS industry should ensure that the public has the highest confidence that changes are being introduced to the DNS according to a well-defined process based on consensus and not back-room agreements.
The Internet Community, as well as the various ICANN constituencies deserves clarity in the process ICANN uses to reach consensus on new registry services. Once this is clearly understood, both registries and registrars should be free to innovate for the benefit of the Internet community.
Although there may be many new services proposed by the various ICANN-sponsored registries, both SiteFinder and Wait Listing Service should be fast-tracked in the initial group of proposed services to undergo this newly developed policy process.
However, ICANN's primary mission of ensuring that a sustainable competitive marketplace exists at both the registry and registrar segments of the DNS industry is far from over. This objective should remain paramount in deciding the nature of future DNS registry services.
For these reasons, a moratorium on all pending Registry Services is appropriate until the policy development process has been adopted and can be implemented.