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Domain Name Association Elects 5 New Board Members

Domain Name Association logo[news release] With the election of five new Directors, the Domain Name Association (DNA), has transitioned from the interim board established in 2013 to one representing the full membership of the Internet domain industry’s only global trade association.  The 12-person board is charged with providing leadership and advancing the association’s mission to educate the public about the expansion of domain names.

The newly elected Directors are:

  • Philipp Grabensee, Chairman of the Board, Afilias Limited
  • Bob Wiegand, Senior Vice President, Web.com
  • Jeff Neuman, VP, Registry Services, Neustar, Inc.
  • Stacey King, Senior Corporate Counsel, Amazon
  • Vladimir Shadrunov, Director of TLD Projects, Asiamix Digital Ltd.

The full Board roster can be seen on the DNA website.

“The new members make our board stronger and will allow the DNA to address our industry’s challenges and move forward energetically on our educational initiatives,” said Adrian Kinderis, chair of the board. “Because our board members represent a range of important geographies and industry sectors, we are well positioned to act on international concerns and deliver truly global solutions.”

The DNA was established in October 2013 by companies representing the broad Internet industry. Membership is open to organizations involved in all aspects of managing domain names, including top-level domain name registry operators, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers.

Organizations in the domain name industry are joining the DNA to collaborate with peers, share best practice and ensure mutual success through this period of major growth of the Internet. DNA members will be critical players in the next phase of the Internet, with the opportunity to contribute to important industry policy decisions. DNA membership is organized as a multi-tiered structure to accommodate various levels of interest and desire for participation in the work of the DNA. More information is available on the website.

About the DNA
The Domain Name Association (the DNA) is a non-profit business association that represents the interests of the domain name industry. It is independent and global in scope, and its membership is open to organizations involved in the provision, support, and sale of domain names, such as domain name registries, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers.

Founding members include ARI Registry Services, Donuts, GoDaddy, Google, Rightside and What Box?

The DNA’s mission is to promote the best interests of the domain name industry by advocating the use, adoption, and expansion of domain names as the primary tool for users to navigate the Internet. More information is available at www.thedna.org.

This DNA news release was sourced from:
www.thedna.org/pr_20140402.html

Neustar to Acquire .CO Internet S.A.S.; Terms Undisclosed

.CO Internet logoNeustar has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire .CO Internet S.A.S. and certain associated assets. .CO Internet is the exclusive operator of the worldwide registry for the .co ccTLD, which has been rebranded as a gTLD.

Since its global relaunch in 2010, registrations have grown to more than 1.6 million in over 200 countries and territories worldwide. Neustar has an existing partnership with .CO Internet to provide registry services and infrastructure support for .co extensions, the ccTLD assigned to Colombia.

“The acquisition of .CO Internet is a natural fit for us given our successful partnership over the past four years and our domain name expertise,” said Lisa Hook, president and CEO of Neustar. “By combining .CO Internet’s innovative domain marketing capabilities with Neustar’s distribution network and technical resources, we will be able to broaden our registry services and the .co brand worldwide, while creating shareholder value.”

The acquisition of .CO Internet expands Neustar’s registry services, which maintains the .biz and .us TLDs and has been selected to provide services for up to 350 new gTLDs.

To provide perspective, .CO Internet exited 2013 with an annual revenue run-rate of $21 million. However, business combination accounting principles require Neustar to adjust the acquired deferred revenue to fair value. This adjustment to fair value often results in a write-down of deferred revenue that will reduce future revenue recognised as the services are performed, typically over a one year period. During 2013, Neustar recorded $4 million in revenue for its role as the back-end provider for .CO Internet, which will be eliminated upon consolidation. In addition, results for the first quarter of 2014 will include pursuit costs associated with this transaction.

The acquisition is subject to standard closing conditions and is expected to close within one month. Following the acquisition, .CO Internet, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Neustar, will continue to manage the .co domain extensions from its headquarters in Bogota, Colombia.

Neustar Remains Committed To Providing Reliable, Stable And Efficient .US TLD Service

Dot US logo[news release] Today (5 March), Neustar Inc. announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded the company the contract to continue administering the .US TLD, the official country code domain of the United States. Neustar has successfully administered this critical domain since 2001, when the Department of Commerce first selected the company to build and manage the new domain.

“We are honored that the Department of Commerce has selected Neustar to continue managing America’s domain name that millions of businesses, non-profit organizations and consumers use to manage their online presence,” said Lisa Hook, Neustar President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to continuing to provide exceptional service that is reliable, stable and secure in the increasingly complicated digital environment.”

The .US domain represents Main Street America, helping American small businesses and individuals to create and expand their online presence. Neustar manages this critical domain and oversees the growing network of registrars who sell the .US domain names. The Department of Commerce has re-awarded the contract for three years with two additional one-year extension options.

Since becoming the administrator of the .US TLD, Neustar has created an extensive enforcement program to ensure a safe and secure environment for the .US Internet community. Neustar also launched the “Kickstart America” campaign to raise awareness of the .US domain. In 2013, Neustar initiated the .US National Road Racing Championships through a three-year partnership with USA Track & Field.

In 2014, Neustar plans to launch a new multi-stakeholder council including members representing localities, registrars, small businesses and non-profit organizations as well as entities involved with STEM education and cybersecurity. The .US TLD Stakeholder Council will provide a vibrant, diverse, and independent forum for future development of the .US TLD, working directly with .US TLD stakeholders and helping Neustar to identify public needs and develop policies, programs, and partnerships to address those needs while continuing to enhance America’s address.

About Neustar

Neustar, Inc. is a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information and analytics to the communications services, financial services, retail, and media and advertising sectors. Neustar applies its advanced, secure technologies to help its clients promote and protect their businesses. More information is available at www.neustar.biz.

About .US

The .US Top Level Domain (TLD) is the country code domain name for the United States of America. The .US TLD is managed and operated by Neustar, Inc. (NYSE:NSR), an information services and analytics company, on behalf of the United States Department of Commerce. Neustar operates the .US TLD global registry in the public interest and provides critical infrastructure services. Visit www.about.us for more information on .us, and visit www.neustar.biz for more information on Neustar.

Domain Name Association Signs 8 New Members

Domain Name Association logo[news release] The Domain Name Association (DNA), the global trade association for the internet domain industry, has welcomed eight new members from all over the world, bringing the total to 30.

The newest members are:

“This membership growth shows gratifying support for the DNA’s mission at an exciting time for the industry, as hundreds of top level domain names are released to the public,” said DNA Executive Director Kurt Pritz. “Our globally distributed and highly respected newest members will play a key role in fulfilling the DNA’s objective to realize opportunities for the industry and new value for Internet users.”

The DNA promotes the common interests of the entire domain name industry, especially for the uptake, adoption, and use of domain names as the primary tool to navigate the Internet. As part of its mission, the DNA will play a key role in raising awareness about the opportunities in new and existing top-level domains.

The DNA was established in October 2013 by companies representing the broad Internet industry. Membership is open to organizations involved in all aspects of managing domain names, including top-level domain name registry operators, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers.

Organizations in the domain name industry are joining the DNA to collaborate with peers, share best practice and ensure mutual success through this period of major growth of the Internet. DNA members will be critical players in the next phase of the Internet, with the opportunity to influence important industry policy decisions. Members can also leverage the DNA’s marketing and education programs in their own activities, and they will receive exclusive information via newsletters and bulletins, as well as access to research results.

DNA membership is organized as a multi-tiered structure to accommodate various levels of interest and desire for participation in the work of the DNA. More information is available on the website.

About the DNA

The Domain Name Association (the DNA) is a non-profit business association that represents the interests of the domain name industry. It is independent and global in scope, and its membership is open to organizations involved in the provision, support, and sale of domain names, such as domain name registries, registrars, resellers, and registry service providers.

Founding members include ARI Registry Services, Donuts, GoDaddy, Google, Rightside and What Box?

The DNA’s mission is to promote the best interests of the domain name industry by advocating the use, adoption, and expansion of domain names as the primary tool for users to navigate the Internet. More information is available at www.thedna.org.

This Domain Name Association news release was sourced from:
www.thedna.org/pr_20140224.html

ICANN: Proposed Renewal of .BIZ gTLD Registry Agreement

ICANN logoPurpose (Brief): ICANN is posting today for public comment a proposed agreement for renewal of the Registry Agreement for .BIZ. This proposal is a result of discussions between ICANN and Neustar, Inc.
Current Status: The .BIZ Registry Agreement is scheduled to expire 30 June 2013.
Next Steps:After review of the public comments received, the ICANN Board will consider the proposed .BIZ Registry Agreement for renewal.
Detailed Information
Section I: Description, Explanation, and Purpose:

ICANN is posting today for public comment a proposed agreement for renewal of the Registry Agreement for .BIZ. This proposed draft is the result of discussions between ICANN and Neustar, Inc., and will be considered by the ICANN Board after public comment. The current agreement is scheduled to expire on 30 June 2013.

The current registry agreement for .BIZ, like other registry agreements, provides for presumptive renewal so long as certain requirements are met. The agreement also provides that upon renewal, changes may be made to render the terms similar to other comparable agreements. The proposed renewal agreement includes modified provisions to make the agreement in line with other comparable agreements, as well as additional provisions that are currently proposed in the final draft of the New gTLD Registry Agreement posted for public comment.

Included in the proposed renewal agreement are the following provisions:

  • Threats to Security and Stability: A new provision has been added to allow the registry operator to temporarily prevent the registration of one or more names in the TLD in order to respond to an imminent threat to the security and/or stability of the TLD or the Internet.
  • Use of Registrars Accredited Under the 2013 RAA: A new provision is included to require the registry operator to amend its Registry-Registry Agreement to require registrars to use the 2013 RAA if registrars representing 67% of the registrations in the TLD sign the 2013 RAA. If the remaining registrars do not sign the amended Registry-Registrar Agreement requiring registrars to become a party to the final 2013 RAA within a certain time period, then the registrars’ access to the TLD registry system will be suspended (that is, those registrars will not be permitted to add new registrations). This requirement is dependent upon the registry operators of identified comparable gTLDs also submitting similar requests to amend their Registry-Registrar Agreements.
  • Emergency Transition provisions: A new provision proposed in the New gTLD Registry Agreement is included in the renewal agreement to provide for emergency transition in the event the registry is unable to sustain certain critical registry functions for a period of time.
  • Code of Conduct: The registry operator will be required to comply with the Registry Code of Conduct as proposed in the New gTLD Registry Agreement.
  • Resolution of Disputes: The dispute resolution procedures were updated similar to the New gTLD Registry Agreement to require the parties to attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation before they may initiate arbitration.
  • WHOIS: The WHOIS output is required to be compatible with ICANN’s common interface for WHOIS (InterNIC), and if requested by ICANN, the registry operator must provide a link on its website to a webpage designed by ICANN containing WHOIS policy and education materials.
  • Cross-ownership Restrictions: The renewal agreement lifts restrictions on cross-ownership of registry operators and registrars or registrar resellers.

Posted for public comment are both clean and “redline” versions of the agreement and modified appendices as follows:

(Note: Redlines for Appendix 2, Appendix 9 and Appendix 11 are not included because there are no proposed changes to current versions.)

Contractual Compliance Review: As part of the renewal process, ICANN conducted a review of recent performance under the .BIZ Registry Agreement. The compliance review covered areas including: Timeliness and Content of Monthly Reports; Add Grace Period Limits Policy; Bulk Zone File Requirements; and Payment of Required Fees. Neustar was found to be in compliance with the .BIZ Registry Agreement in all areas reviewed by ICANN. The assessment can be found at: www.icann.org/en/resources/compliance/reports/operator-neustar-biz-03jun13-en.pdf [PDF, 67 KB]

Section II: Background: 

ICANN and Neustar, Inc. entered into Registry Agreement on 8 December 2006 for operation of the .BIZ top level domain. The current registry agreement for .BIZ may be viewed at: www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries/biz

Section III: Document and Resource Links:
Current .BIZ Registry Agreement and Appendices: www.icann.org/en/about/agreements/registries/biz
Comment / Reply Periods

  • Comment Open Date: 3 June 2013
  • Comment Close Date:  24 June 2013 – 23:59 UTC
  • Reply Open Date: 25 June 2013
  • Reply Close Date: 15 July 2013 – 23:59 UTC
Important Information Links

Afilias Advises ICANN Of 10% .INFO Registry Fee Hike

Dot Info logoAfilias has advised ICANN they will be increasing the registry fee, the fee charged to registrars, by ten percent as of 1 September 2013 to $8.16 per year, pursuant to the .info registry agreement. The fee was increased to $7.42 in July 2011.

The announcement follows Neustar advising ICANN they will be increasing the .biz registry fee by ten percent as of 1 September 2013 to $8.63 per year and the Public Interest Registry who announced they would be increasing the registry fee for .org domains to $8.25.

And for .com, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration has capped the maximum registry fee to $7.85 unless Verisign is able to demonstrate it is in the public interest to increase the fee.

BIZ Domains To Increase 10% In September

Neustar logoNeustar has written to ICANN to advise it will be increasing the domain name registry fee for .biz domains by ten percent as of 1 September 2013, compared to an increase of 7.5 percent in 2012.

The fee will increase from the current $7.85 to a maximum of $8.63 per year, an increase of $0.78. In 2012 the increase was $0.55.

This domain name registry fee is that charged by the registry to registrars and hence charges to registrants will normally be somewhat higher.

The increase compares to the increase announced by the Public Interest Registry for .org domains, who announced in December 2012 the registry fee would increase to $8.25. The fee was previously increased to $7.21 in April 2011.

And for .com, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration has capped the maximum registry fee to $7.85 unless Verisign is able to demonstrate it is in the public interest to increase the fee.

ARI, Neustar, Verisign, Demand Seek Community Support For Alternative Trademark Clearinghouse Solution

ARI Registry Services, Neustar, Verisign and Demand Media have spent the past three months producing an alternative solution for the operation of ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) for the new Top-Level Domain (TLD) program.This week they published the results in the form of three white papers that outline concerns with ICANN’s current TMCH proposal and provide recommendations for how ICANN can improve its model while meeting all the requirements outlined in the Applicant Guidebook.The white papers (along with a blog from ARI’s Chris Wright – which is also published below – about the subject) can be viewed at: www.ariservices.com/blog/community-support-required-for-alternative-trademark-clearinghouse-solution/Public feedback, comment and support for this alternative proposal are now being sought to demonstrate to ICANN that there is a consensus for change.See the article below for more information and/or follow the links included.Community support required for alternative Trademark Clearinghouse solution by Chris Wright, Chief Technology Officer at ARI Registry ServicesIt’s time for the community to demonstrate its resolve to see ICANN implement a successful and effective Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH).Let’s be clear here. The current ICANN implementation model and approach is flawed and needs attention.Following more than three months of consultation and negotiation, today I’m pleased to be able to present the domain name and trademark protection industries with an alternative solution for the operation of ICANN’s Trademark Clearinghouse for the new Top-Level Domain (TLD) program.ARI Registry Services – working in consultation with Neustar, Verisign and Demand Media – have developed three white papers for public review and comment.The white papers outline concerns with ICANN’s current TMCH proposal and provide an alternative model that addresses those concerns whilst meeting all the requirements outlined in the Applicant Guidebook and those further stipulated by ICANN.The white papers can be downloaded here:

  1. TMCH – Issues with the ICANN Proposed Model
  2. TMCH – Proposed Claims Model
  3. TMCH – Proposed Sunrise Model

I urge you to please read these documents and express your support.We need your supportThe approach outlined in the white papers above offer significant advantages for both trademark owners and new TLD registries. It is our concern that ICANN is simply stubbornly sticking with its original proposal for the TMCH, even in the face of justified consistent criticism from the community.We are now seeking action from the community on two fronts:

  • Public feedback on the documents, especially from rights holders, to help us further refine the solution to meet the
  • needs of all; and
  • Support for this alternative proposal to demonstrate to ICANN that there is a consensus for change.

I encourage everyone involved or interested in the new TLD program to review the white papers and voice your opinion on the matter to ICANN. We anticipate ICANN will publish these documents on their website in the near future to facilitate community discussion. You can express your support by communicating with ICANN through public comments, and through your relevant constituencies and stakeholder groups. There will also be significant opportunity to give feedback to ICANN during the upcoming ICANN meeting in Toronto where there are two sessions on the agenda dedicated to the TMCH.Why is the Trademark Clearinghouse important?The TMCH is a crucial element of the new TLD program and it will impact everyone involved in the registration and operation of new TLD domain names. We can’t afford to get this wrong.The TMCH is a central database of verified trademark holders designed to provide enhanced rights protection mechanisms for the registration of domain names.Put simply, the aim of the TMCH is to minimise burdens on trademark owners by allowing them to deposit their trademark data with one centralised source, rather than with each new TLD registry. The idea is for new TLD registries to cross-check domain name registrations with the centralised data from the Clearinghouse.What’s wrong with ICANN’s TMCH proposal?There has been considerable opposition to ICANN’s proposal for the TMCH because it is too complex and burdensome in the way it achieves the objectives.As described in the white papers above, there are significant privacy and security concerns with ICANN’s current model. There are also disadvantages in ICANN’s model which prevent registries using trademark data during sunrise periods to, for example, restrict eligibility to certain classes of rights holders.The white papers outline how ICANN can improve its model to implement a more efficient and effective system.This cannot be a case of “we have already gone so far and don’t want to change”. The current approach is broken and requires review.With your help we can help ICANN see reason here and consider the alternatives.Let’s get mobilized and address this important issue.This article by Chris Wright, Chief Technology Officer at ARI Registry Services, was sourced with permission from www.ariservices.com/blog/community-support-required-for-alternative-trademark-clearinghouse-solution

Brussels TMCH Meeting Summary Notes

A recent meeting hosted by Deloitte on 20-21 August in Brussels between the technical providers of registry and registrar services and the ICANN-selected vendors for the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) service (Deloitte and IBM) has been summarised by Jeff Neuman, Vice President of Business Affairs at Neustar.Highlights of the meeting as summarised by Neuman were:

  • Meeting attended by front-end or back-end registries representing 90% of the ICANN new gTLD applications
  • ICANN Agreement with Clearinghouse providers will be made public, but needs amending to include SLAs, fees, etc.
  • Front end system for trademark owners to begin entering trademark data is scheduled to begin in October
  • ICANN’s planned implementation models for Sunrise and Trademark claims not supported by the new gTLD Registries because they are too complex and burdensome
  • Neustar and ARI presented alternative implementation models which have significant advantages for both trademark owners and new gTLD Registries
  • Deloitte/IBM open to considering a transactional fee model as opposed to fixed fee per TLD

More work needs to be done by all sides; follow up meeting to be scheduled in next few weeks.More details on the meeting including who attended, where the process is up to, summaries of presentations, discussions on sunrise periods and much more is available in Neuman’s notes at www.dotyou.biz/summary-of-tmch-meeting.

Neustar Applies for 234 gTLDs, Key-Systems 31 And Demand Media Another 26

As the Big Reveal approaches, more companies are coming out, so to speak, and beating their chests with announcements of how many top level domain applications they have submitted.Neustar has now eclipsed Verisign, who submitted 234 applications including 14 for itself, by submitting 358 applications including being selected by the City of New York as the registry service provider to manage the application process and operate .NYC.Other companies to submit multiple applications including KS Registry, a subsidiary of Key-Systems, who submitted 31 applications, who are running a Digital Archery service for customers and non-customers alike, although the latter will have to stump up €15,000 per application that uses their Digital Archery service.Digital Archery, Key-Systems explains, “Digital Archery means, that each applicant uses an online system to choose a date and time in the above mentioned timeframe. The applicant logs in and clicks the submit button as accurately as possible. The closer the click is to the preselected time, the sooner will the application be reviewed.”Demand Media is another player. The owner of Enom announced they applied for 26 names on a stand-alone basis. In addition they entered into a strategic arrangement with Donuts, who last week announced they were applying for 307 gTLDs, through which it may acquire rights in certain gTLDs after they have been awarded to Donuts by ICANN. These rights would be shared equally with Donuts and are associated with 107 gTLDs for which Donuts is the applicant. Additionally, a subsidiary of Demand Media has been selected as the technical registry operator for both Demand Media and Donuts.And in another report, ICANNWiki founder Raymond King and business partner Peter Brual say they have applied for ten gTLDs.