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4
Jan

Time for a Board-Imposed Moratorium? — .Mobi Trades URS for $Cash

Once again, staff of ICANN’s Global Domains Division (GDD) has used a legacy gTLD’s contract renewal process to impose Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) on that gTLD — despite the fact that the URS is not an ICANN consensus policy applicable to legacy gTLDs. And, once again, the registry operator acquiescing to URS is reaping significant…

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4
Jan

ICA Member Profile: William Llewellyn

William Llewellyn is an entrepreneur with a development interest in domains. Through his company Vahlt, he works to acquire and manage key assets for build-out. William also holds business interests in other areas, including sports nutrition and compound testing. He is an accomplished scientist as well, credited with discovering that a particular dietary fatty acid…

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19
Dec

.US Requests Public Comment on Premium Domains and Privacy Service

It has been my honor for the past two years to have been a member of the .US TLD Stakeholder Council http://www.neustar.us/ustld-stakeholder-council and, in that capacity, to provide the perspective of domain investors and developers to the operation of the USA’s ccTLD. On Thursday, December 15th .US issued two important requests for public comment. The…

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30
Nov

Thanksgiving Day Comment Labels .XXX RA Revision a Turkey

Following up on its critical statement delivered to the ICANN Board at the recent Hyderabad public meeting, ICA submitted a Thanksgiving Day comment letter decrying the insertion of URS into the .XXX Registry Agreement (RA) via contract negotiation and declaring— “GDD staff should demonstrate their clear commitment to ICANN’s bottom-up policymaking process by ceasing and…

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30
Nov

ICA Member Profile: Shane Cultra

Most people know Shane Cultra from his blog/website DomainShane.com or DSAD.com, which he’s been writing since 2009 and which now specializes in the domain aftermarket and brings out a daily list of best names for sale each day at all the major auction houses. Shane noticed the domain world back in 1995 but it wasn’t…

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22
Nov

ICA on the Record at ICANN 57 Hyderabad

At the recent ICANN 57 meeting held in Hyderabad, India a full Public Forum session was held on Tuesday, November 8th. Utilizing the open mike, ICA Counsel Philip Corwin addressed the ICANN Board regarding the recent announcement that ICM Registry had agreed to adopt the new gTLD rights protection mechanism (RPM) of Uniform rapid Suspension…

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25
Oct

Dirty Deed: URS Coming to .XXX

ICANN Global Domain Division (GDD) staff are at it again, engaging in top down policy decision-making through contract negotiations with older registries that pre-date the new gTLD program. The latest example is the announcement of a “Proposed Amendment to .XXX Registry Agreement to Transition to New Fee Structure and to Adopt Additional Safeguards” that would…

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20
Oct

NTIA Approves .Com RA Extension

Verisign has just filed a Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealing that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has approved the extension of the .Com registry Agreement through November 30, 2024. We previously reported that, on September 15th, ICANN’s Board approved the .Com RA extension’ and simultaneously approved an…

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12
Oct

ICA Member Profile: John Colascione

John Colascione is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Searchen Networks® Inc., a consultancy and business corporation in New York State. In addition, he is Chief Executive Officer of Long Island Media Inc., a privately owned digital media company. John’s qualifications in the domain space entail near fifteen years of marketing and advertising in…

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6
Oct

In Extending .Com RA, ICANN Board also Extended Price Freeze Through 2024

We have previously reported that, at is September 15th meeting, ICANN’s Board approved the proposed extension of the .Com registry Agreement (RA). What we did not know at the time was that the Board simultaneously approved an extension of the existing $7.85 ceiling on .Com wholesale prices through 2024.   That additional information recently became…

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