The fourteenth installment of dotShabaka Registry’s journal, charting its progress towards becoming one of the first new gTLDs to go live, written by general manager Yasmin Omer.
Tuesday 24 September 2013
We are trying to determine the best process to finalise a Registry Registrar Agreement (RRA) that is satisfactory to both dotShabaka Registry and our registrars.
According to our agreement with ICANN, we must use a uniform non-discriminatory RRA with all registrars. This makes it challenging in the new gTLD landscape; we have to get it right the first time or we face being bogged down in a clunky amendment procedure.
This is not an easy concept to implement, but dotShabaka Registry and other early launchers must address this soon. It seems there are at least four ways dotShabaka Registry could do this:
1. Wait for ICANN to develop a boilerplate RRA that incorporates the various new gTLD requirements.
2. Negotiate an agreement with the biggest registrar/s and expect that all other registrars will be happy with the result.
3. Put an Agreement out for public comment and request that the Registrars come together with a consensus view.
4. Wait for the Registrar community to generate an agreement for Registries to use.
We don’t expect ICANN’s Automated Registrar Onboarding System (AROS) to be ready for the launch of our TLD.
We would love to hear your thoughts here. Can you think of another pathway to finalise a RRA for the first new gTLDs launched?
Read previous and future diary entries here.