Given recent happenings with regards auDA and AusRegistry (and the registry contract), yesterday I attempted to make contact with Cameron Boardman (CEO, auDA) in order to get some comments and clarifications. He phoned me back this morning, and we had a good chat. Whilst some of what he said was “off the record”, he did say that I could inform readers that:
♦ The decision about AusRegistry (made at the Board meeting on 24th April) had nothing whatsoever to do with their performance and integrity as a registry operator. There are absolutely no complaints in that regard. A multitude of other factors had been taken into consideration.
♦ There will be a “fairly significant announcement” made next week in relation to the tender process.
♦ In relation to direct registrations, auDA is currently collating the responses to the “qualitative interviews” that commenced back on February 14th. It had been hoped that summary outcomes would be made available to members in the April member newsletter – if this doesn’t happen, then they will follow shortly thereafter.
♦ Mr Boardman reiterated his comments made at the AGM – that is, the registry contract would need to be firmly in place before the implementation of direct registrations could even be entertained. This obviously extrapolates to what they are contemplating now.
Before I wrote the above, my post today was about looking back at some of what was said at the last auDA AGM. I went back and listened to some of the audio recordings I made on November 28th 2016. There were many topics covered – including the proposed registry tender; and of course, direct registrations. Hindsight is indeed a wonderful thing! 😉
First up is the registry tender – have a listen to this excellent question from Sean F; and the answer from Cameron Boardman (CEO, auDA). Juicy bit starts at about :30 seconds; and it runs for just over 2 minutes. First published on Domainer back on December 14th, 2016. Given everything that has happened since the AGM (Golden Gate etc), the recent decision made by auDA is now understandable in my opinion.
Second up is a well thought out question from Luke Summers about regulation and red tape in the .au space. Once again, in hindsight, it’s interesting to listen to Cameron Boardman’s responses.
At approximately 2:45 into the 4 minute recording, Boardman says:
“I’d like to make this point around com.au for example. There is absolutely no intention from me, or anyone on the Board; or any of my staff, to devalue what that asset base is …“
At 3:43 he also says:
“But com.au must maintain its integrity – it must be that absolute premium secure product …“
Coming Up Next Week
I have some previously unpublished audio from the AGM in relation to direct registrations and “prior rights”. An enduser / advertising guy talked about the benefits of direct registration, but was probably a bit shocked to learn that he or his clients may not automatically get the shorter version of their premium com.au that they paid squillions for! By the way, it was me that did the shocking. 😉
Ned O’Meara – 28th April 2017