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Re: Registrars serve no useful purpose
I disagree, in part.It is a matter of choosing a registrar that has the right business modelWhat if a company doesn't want to deal with
(1) The purpose of registrars is processing paperwork for verification
(2) The purpose of the registry is to run servers, as efficiently and
inexpensively as possible.
It's a reasonable division of labor.
There is no free market when ICANN forcesThere's only 1 registry, so there's never a "free market" there --
that's a monopoly by design.
The competition between registrars is a good thing that has brought
the registration process to a commodity market.
However, having any "market" requires penalties when the registrars
fail to perform their function. And not just a "reputation" penalty,
although that's certainly germaine. An actual financial penalty. Markets are all about financial exchange.
That's why (as originally designed) every registrar posts a large
performance bond up front.
Clearly, Mel-IT failed in its responsibilty to correctly process the
paperwork for registration. That Mel-IT has a business model where
they "farm out" the registration to incompetent third parties called
"resellers" is of no interest. The third party is acting as an agent
for Mel-IT, and Mel-IT is ultimately responsible.
Moreover, the Mel-IT president/CEO/attorney/et alia egregiously
demonstrated negligence when notified of the problem.
I expect that Mel-IT will be assessed a reasonable penalty for their
failure. The usual penalty is 3 times actual (liquidated) damages.
Since Mel-IT has already demonstrated a failure to perform, in addition
their performance bond to continue as a registrar should be raised to
at least 10% of their annualized gross income. It costs money to clean
up their messes.
Those are the things required for a "free" market.
Accountability. Responsibility. Free markets are not without cost.
Perhaps this is another area where a membership-based
We have a membership-based NANOG. Everybody who joins NANOG is on this mailing list. Everybody who joins this mailing list is part of NANOG. We (in NANOG) have an interest in ensuring that the bureaucrats assess the penalty on behalf of our members -- that panix.com is made whole. Accountability. Responsibility. -- William Allen Simpson Key fingerprint = 17 40 5E 67 15 6F 31 26 DD 0D B9 9B 6A 15 2C 32