Re: [DNS] More on the issue of reseller / registrar relationship

Re: [DNS] More on the issue of reseller / registrar relationship

From: Anthony Dever <anthony§billiousness.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 11:53:21 +1000
Ron,

I think the idea has a lot of merit. It has always been my opinion through
my on contact with auDA and through reading and implementing the code of
practice as a reseller that we are not considered an important part of the
industry.

Though when you think about it, we are already represented. Poorly in my
opinion. This is because there are two representitives on the current auDA
board who represent resellers.

1. Ric da Paz, iiNet
2. Peter Dean, The Company People

I'd like to know in what way they've made themselves aware of other
reseller's opinions.

Also a third board member Josh rowe who is classed as a "Demand" board
member should also provide some representation for resellers because a
company that he is the director of Sanctum Internet Pty Ltd is also a
reseller. I'm also more than a little curious how he is classed as "Demand"?

> From: "Ron Stark" <ronstark&#167;snapsite.com.au>
> Reply-To: dns&#167;lists.auda.org.au
> Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 10:52:56 +1000
> To: <dns&#167;lists.auda.org.au>
> Subject: [DNS] More on the issue of reseller / registrar relationship
> 
> To me the central issue is whether, as a reseller, I'm empowering a
> competitor to my own detriment.
> 
> My customer list (as distinct from my contact list) is a key asset to my
> business.  As a reseller of domain names I'm obligated to not only disclose
> that list, but to entrust it to my registrar.  Having inherited my customer,
> that registrar can then approach them with impunity, because auDA's
> jurisdiction does not extend beyond domain names.
> 
> If my registrar offers competing services to my clients I have a serious
> reservation in dealing with that registrar.  If a registrar approaches my
> _potential_ customer and wins the business, that's fair competition.  If my
> registrar simply adopts my _existing_ customer and takes my business, that's
> piracy.
> 
> I know of no other commercial endeavour in which a business is compelled to
> hand over their customers to their competitors, with neither protection not
> recourse.  And here's a challenge to registrars - who will give a cast iron
> guarantee that I as a reseller am not at risk from such predatory business
> practice.
> 
> Is there anybody out there interested in establishing a Reseller's
> Association to restore some balance / equity in this minefield of reseller /
> registrar relationships?
> 
> Ron Stark
> mailto:ronstark&#167;snapsite.com.au
> 
> 
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