It’s time to “rock the boat” a little bit – and I hope that my stance will be perceived as constructive.
As mentioned previously, I am a member of the current auDA Names Panel which is considering / discussing / debating the potential introduction of “direct registrations” of .au domains.
For those not aware, that simply means (for instance) being able to register the domain name Domainer.au – as opposed to say Domainer.com.au. This potentially will have a huge impact on our domain space – and on individual / small business registrants of existing com.au / net.au / org.au domains (and others).
Throughout the consultation period of the Names Panel, I have publicly respected the process, and kept my opinions to myself.
Recently I’ve noticed a few members of the Names Panel have been publicly voicing their preferences for .au – in particular there was this blog article on TPPWholesale by Brett Fenton (Brett is currently the Chief Customer Officer of Melbourne IT Group). The obligatory disclaimer states that this is his personal view and not necessarily reflective of the company’s views.
I like Brett – and have always found him to be a straight shooter. However, he does represent entities that have “skin in the game”.
What fired me up was this quote from his blog article:
The other area of resistance to the proposed change is from the ‘domainer’ community. Domainers buy domains purely to sell later at a profit, and monetise their domain portfolio through the traffic that arrives at the domain. You could say domainers have a vested interest in the discussion around opening up second level registrations as more choice in the marketplace could potentially make their existing .com.au domains less valuable.
The reason I am upset by this is that I am a TPP Wholesale customer with many hundreds of domains under their management.
I submitted a comment in response on the blog, but to date it hasn’t been published or responded to.
This is what I said:
@Brett – I note your comments re the “domainer community” and their supposed “resistance to the proposed change”.
My understanding is that many domainers and domain investors would ultimately support such a change – provided that existing registrants rights are protected (like what happened in the .uk and .nz space).
Are you suggesting that there should be no rights offered to existing registrants?
If this is what you’re suggesting, I’m interested to know how you see the allocation of the new .au domains working fairly and effectively?
Hopefully Brett will respond on here – and I respectfully invite him to do so.
In tomorrow’s article
- Needless to say, I mostly disagree with Brett, and will be explaining why in detail.
- I’m not averse to the introduction of .au if the majority of people really think it is necessary (I don’t).
- However, should this be sanctioned, I believe it should be conditional upon existing registrants being entitled to “first rights” just like what happened in the UK and NZ.
- These will be my personal views, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Names Panel (or individual members thereof).
I again encourage stakeholders (being anyone who is the registrant of an Australian domain name) to have their say on proposed changes. This needs to be done by no later than 30 September (three weeks today).
If you feel strongly about the subject one way or the other, then you must make a submission. Not to do so is to get a result that you may not like! You can put the most simplest submission in – it doesn’t have to be long and involved. Send an email to the address in the link; or complete the survey. If there are parts of the survey you don’t want to comment on, simply write “No comment”.
- I am a member of the auDA 2015 Names Policy Panel.
- I am also a domainer / domain investor with a substantial portfolio of com.au domain names.