Archives For Registrars

New Year, New ICANN?

FairWinds Partners —  February 1, 2013

The ICANN staff has had a very busy month, jetting around the globe to meet with various stakeholders, constituencies and other groups. These meetings not only bridge the long gap between the most recent Public Meeting in Toronto, which took place back in October, and the next Public Meeting in Beijing, which will be held in April, but they come at a fairly crucial time in the new gTLD process. Continue Reading…

If you read our last gTLD Strategy post, you’re probably sick of hearing about the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) by now. But today is an important day in the ongoing development and implementation of this aspect of the New gTLD Program.

Today and tomorrow, ICANN is hosting a technical summit at the Deloitte offices in Brussels (Deloitte and IBM were selected to develop the TMCH), where representatives from registries and registrars will have the chance to weigh in on many of the technical aspects of the TMCH. This meeting was the result of widespread demand expressed by these two groups during the ICANN Public Meeting in Prague in June. Essentially, their argument boiled down to, “We’re the ones who need to use the TMCH, so we should get a say in how it works.” Continue Reading…

Dollar Signs Ahead

FairWinds Partners —  February 1, 2012

Back in October, we published a post titled “The Right Registrar,” where we discussed which registrar partner brand owners should choose if they decide to apply for and operate a new gTLD. There, we advised that brands choosing to operate closed registries should, for the sake of consistency, stick with their corporate registrar partners. Brands choosing to operate an open gTLD registry, on the other hand, should shop around for registrars with better consumer-facing interfaces and customer services representatives. But in both cases, we warned brands against rushing to jump into bed with any registrar partner too soon. Continue Reading…

The Right Registrar

FairWinds Partners —  October 17, 2011

A common assumption among companies is that once their applied-for new gTLD is launched, they will be working with the registrar that currently handles their domain names to manage the domain names within their new gTLD as well. It’s understandable – it’s a matter of convenience to have all domain name registrations handled in one place. With that in mind, it might make sense for brands to stick with their corporate registrars if they are sure that they’re running a closed registry (i.e. for their private use). Continue Reading…