Following yesterday’s announcement regarding the auDA Board agreeing to enter “exclusive negotiations” with AusRegistry for the renewal / extension of their Registry agreement, I thought it would be good to look back at some comments made by certain parties in response to 2012 Industry Advisory Panel which was established by auDA. In the interests of full disclosure, I was a member of this Panel.
For those not aware, this Panel was established to:
- Review the structure and regulation of the Australian domain name industry; and
- Provide recommendations to the auDA Board about what changes (if any) should be made to the competition model.
The Panel commenced work in March 2012, and provided its final report in December 2012. They recommended (in part) that:
“1A (e) the auDA Board should publicly commit to undertaking a formal RFT process once the renegotiated registry agreement expires.”
This was ratified by the auDA Board in February 2013. See Board Minutes (Item 6) here.
Here’s a link to the whole “box and dice” i.e. Panel Members; Reports, Recommendations, Minutes etc.
The Song Sheet Has Obviously Changed
This is what two current Directors had to say in their submissions back in 2012. One of them is now also Deputy Chairman.
Firstly, Simon Johnson said this (his full submission is here):
Secondly, Erhan Karabardak on behalf of Cooper Mills Lawyers said this in part (full submission is here):
“If new registry operators were not given an opportunity to commence operations and planning for an RFT at the end of the 4 year extension, Ausregistry would have an unfair advantage, which would compromise auDA’s negotiating power, and would not provide the best outcome for the Australian Internet Community.”
“Fair Suck Of The Sav”
So come on Mr Boardman (CEO); Mr Benjamin (Chairman); Mr Karabardak (Deputy Chairman); and Mr Johnson (Demand Class Director and Chair of the Strategic Risk Committee) – tell us what has changed.
After all, many of us are Members, and we have a right to know what is happening in our organisation.
Ned O’Meara – 14th December 2016