Sunday, January 23, 2005

The Domain Name Reseller Problem

On the registrars discussion list Bob Connelly noted:

"In my opinion, much of the criticism which is directed against ICANN Accredited Registrars results from the loose connections between said Accredited Registrars and strings of resellers. It is alleged that some resellers appoint subordinate levels of resellers and that sometimes these resellers are unaware of the identify of the Accredited Registrar receiving their registrations. Still further, it is alleged that some resellers are acting as resellers for two or more Accredited Registrars. The persons drafting the Task Force recommendations may well be directing their criticisms at practices which are not committed by Accredited Registrars but rather at practices of some but not necessarily all resellers of a few Accredited Registrars."

It would be interesting to know what percentage of domain name registrations are conducted by way of what appears to be a largely unregulated reseller community. To give you a sense of the scope of the potential problem, consider the fact that while there are only a few hundred accredited registrars, a single wholesale registrar such as Tucows can have "more than 6,000 resellers in over 100 countries", while a registrar such as Directi proudly advertises their "10,171 Resellers spread across 215 countries".


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