No new agreement, no new TLDs.
Last week I wrote about how ICANN’s latest proposed registry agreement for new TLD operators.
The agreement mandates that new TLD operators use only domain registrars that have signed the new Registrar Accreditation Agreement with ICANN.
The problem is that the RAA doesn’t exist yet. As far as we know, it’s still be negotiated. And negotiations are contentious.
What is ICANN’s rationale for this criterion?
While it would be expected that ICANN accredited registrars party to an RAA would be used, this document specifies a version of the RAA that currently does not exist.
Does this mean that ICANN wants to drive a “wedge” between registrars and new TLD applicants?
Or does this mean that ICANN does not trust those of us who are on the 2009 RAA?
The RAA negotiations are currently ongoing and while they may be concluded shortly any agreement that comes out of the negotiations should be agreed to on its own merits ie. without this form of external pressure.
Or is it ICANN’s intention to use any delay with the RAA as an excuse for delaying the launch of new TLDs?
A rational explanation for this specific clause would be appreciated.