21 October, 2010

Vertical Integration WG Update

While there appears to be no consensus within the WG on any topic (even on the issue of closing the working group), we do have -- courtesy of Roberto Gaetano -- a bullet point list summarizing discussions to date:

  • Compliance is key -- whatever the rules established for the new TLDs, we need a mechanism to enforce them;
  • There is no consensus, either on vertical integration or vertical separation;
  • We have identified a list of harms that suggest that either complete separation or complete integration will hinder the business more than helping the market;
  • While the WG has not identified exact examples (although some cases like cultural TLDs or brand TLDs have been discussed), there is a general feeling that some exceptions could be granted.

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