RE: [DNS] domain expiry issues

RE: [DNS] domain expiry issues

From: Ian Johnston <ian.johnston§>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2002 13:42:45 +1000

Some excellent ideas.  I look forward to seeing any suggested improvements to
you proposal.

I see the issue of domain expiry / termination as also being a (small business)
consumer issue for which auDA also has responsibilities - consumer safeguards -
at least to co-ordinate an industry response.


Ian Johnston, Policy Consultant
Small Enterprise Telecommunications Centre (SETEL)  mailto:ian.johnston&#167;
02 6258 3409 (B/F)  02 6259 7777 (B)  0413 990 112 (M)

SETEL is a national small business consumer association
advancing the interest of Australian small business
as telecommunications and e-commerce consumers

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Neale Banks [mailto:neale&#167;]
> Sent: Monday, September 23, 2002 1:03 PM
> To: dns&#167;
> Subject: [DNS] domain expiry issues
> Is there any chance we are tending towards "healthy, constructive debate"
> on these issues?
> I'd like to echo a few points, and contribute a few - all in the spirit
> of constructive debate:
> * IMHO, it it the licensee's responsibility to renew their domain.
> * But, other stakeholders (e.g. reseller, registrar, registry operator)
>   may find it in their interest to assist and/or encourage the renewal.
> * If a licensee doesn't know what their doing, they should make some
>   attempt to inform/educate themself and/or get a comptent
>   manager/adviser for the task[1].
> * The *desirable* responsibilities of the registry operator are
>   debatable, but IMHO this debate should be limited to if/when they
>   contact (a) the contacts in the domain registration details (b) the
>   email address in the zone SOA.
> * It follows from the preceding point, that issues of a domain being
>   "obviously in use" and any extraneous contact information, say on a
>   webpage, are of no concern to a registry operator.
> * A registry fee for "late renewal" may well be justified (but let's
>   not make it too large, lest it become attractive to refrain from
>   encouraging timely renewals ;-).  Alternatively, a "small discount for
>   early renewal" may make more sense (especially in the absence of an
>   initial premium for registration of a new domain).
> * There is an opportunity for registrars and resellers to differentiate
>   themselves here, with differing service levels and the concept that
>   premium service comes at a price premium.  IMHO, this kind of
>   differentiation in service and pricing is a key indicator of "success"
>   of any "competitive" regime[2].
> * When a domain is undelegated or redelegated it would, IMHO, be a Very
>   Good Thing for the registry to send an email (i.e. an automated email)
>   to the email address in the SOA record.
> Regards,
> Neale.
> [1] FWIW, the recent threads here have caused to start re-thinking my
> views as to the viability of domain management as a "cottage industry".
> [2] A counter-example is my skeptisism as to the "success" of
> competition in aviation.
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