New gTLD Registries cannot own their domains! - or can they?
Traditionally registries have been forbidden from owning domains other than for those “reasonable and necessary for the management and operations of the TLD.” New applicants seem to believe that the separation between Registry – Registrar – Registrant doesn’t exist anymore. If those restrictions still exist a number of applicant business plans will be cut to ribbons.
This issue is addressed in Specification 9, section 1, REGISTRY CODE OF CONDUCT of the New GTLD Agreement Specifications page 54.
1.In connection with the operation of the registry for the TLD, Registry Operator will not, and...Read more
Where does market reality meet new gTLD registry expectations?
It is interesting the so many of the "technology focused consultants" when asked about market size or potential registry valuations answer with replies like "its too difficult to be very specific about market size but there are 230 million domains registered - don't you want a part of that?" or "whatever the price is at auction on the day". Market size is a critical part of any registry valuation, and if a valuation cannot be clear and concise with references to the actual data used to form an opinion - it isnt...Read more