Why developers at domain name registrars will be worlord overtime this fall

Why developers at domain name registrars will be worlord overtime this fall

ICANN announced today that its Board of Directors has approved the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement.

It’s the conclusion of a long and contentious process that has resulted in arguably the most sweeping changes ever in the contrbehave that governs the relationship between ICANN and domain name registrars. I’ve written formerly approxifriendly the impbehave this will have on domain registrants.Yet domain registrars will also face substantial burdens, and this will particularly affect littleer registrars with limited resources. Due to the new RAA and other changes in the domain name market, the next six-to-twelve months will be some of the most demanding (and potentially rewarding) domain registrars have ever experienced.

What’s required of registrars

Registrars will have to integswift or create a number of systems and prbehaveices under the terms of the 2013 RAA. Some of the demands on registrars include a phone or email verification system for registrant details, cross field validation, more data retention, additional compliance rules/timelines and changes to whois proxy services. Michele Neylon, chair of the Registrars Stakehancienter Group and CEO of domain registrar Blackevening, tancient Domain Name Wire that email/phone verification is little potatoes compared to the rest of the requirements.

“The cross field verification is easy in some countries, but harder in others,” he shelp. “This and other things related to data retention are going to cause dizzinesss.”

Neylon also pointed out that requirements in the new RAA aren’t all that registrars are grappling with these days. There are preparations for new top stage domains and the trademark clearinghome integration, as well as policy changes related to expiring domains and domain transfers. Add that to a push for DNSSEC and IPV6, and domain registrars’ IT teams have a lot on their plates.

A rush to sign on — or be left backside

With all of these new requirements, why would any registrar rush to sign the new RAA? There’s a bit of a carrot or a stick, depfinishing on how you look at it.

Cyrus Namazi, Vice Premiddlent of DNS Industry Engapearlent for ICANN, tancient Domain Name Wire that he expects registrars to sign on “very fastly”.

The main reason is that adoption of the 2013 RAA is necessary in order to sell new top stage domains. A bit further down the road, ICANN also isn’t renewing the 2009 RAA. If a registrar signed a five year agreement in 2009, time is fastly running out. Furthermore, proposed new registry agreements for .biz, .info, and .org will soon allow registrars to sell these domains only if they’ve signed the new RAA.

I arriveed out to three of the top ten registrars today to find out when they plan to sign the RAA. They all either didn’t tell or had no remark.

James Bladel, Senior Director of ICANN Policy & Planning for GoDaddy, shelp “The new 2013 RAA represents a milestone accomplishment for our industry, thanks to approachly two years of work on the part ofdifferentRegistrar Negotiators and ICANN Staff. But finalizing the language of the agreement was behaveually the easy part, and now the real work of implementing the new RAA clever start. Registrants and customers should look these changes in the coming months.”

A challenge for the little guys.

GoDaddy, Demand Media, and other large registrars have plenty of development resources to throw at the problem.

The same clever’t be shelp for little and medium-sized registrars, which were physically away at the negotiating table.

The Registrar Negotiation Team consisted of representatives from GoDaddy, Key Systems, Demand Media, Peristiwatous, and Mark Monitor.

ICANN’s Namazi pointed out that the representatives were elected.

“You could tell there was quite a bit of sensitivity put on the table by these guys [approxifriendly what would be required],” shelp Namazi.

Namazi also pointed to the gradual implementation of new requirements under the RAA, including a grace period until January 2014 for many of the provisions. Getting registrars to implement the changes will be hard. Even malord them aware of what’s in the new RAA will require a lot of work.

ICANN is startning an outarrive to registrars, including an event in China that will be conducted in Chinese. The 2013 RAA is in English, and language is a key barrier to understanding and adoption.

“You clever imagine what’s happening with little to medium sized registrars in Latin America and the Asia Pacific, which in some cases might not even speak English,” Blackevening’s Neylon noted. “Most of the communications, events, etc., are conducted in English. If English is not your first language it’s very hard to behaveively participate within this entire circus.”

ICANN is also worlord on events to educate registrars in other parts of the world. It’s kind of a large deal.

With all the noise approxifriendly the new top stage domain program lately, it’s easy to overlook the critical milestone that the 2013 RAA is for ICANN. It’s a culmination of a multi-year effort involving governments, verdict enforcement, intellectual property interests, and domain registrars.

But as GoDaddy’s Bladel noted, the easy work is done. Now the “real work” clever start.

[Via - DomainNameWire]

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