ICANN pretends to care
Göran Marby, ICANN President & CEO and Maarten Botterman, ICANN Board Chair issued an update about .org yesterday saying that:
“According to the .ORG Registry Agreement and our processes for reviewing such requests, ICANN has 30 days to request additional information about the proposed transaction including information about the party acquiring control, its ultimate parent entity, and whether they meet the ICANN-adopted registry operator criteria (as well as financial resources, and operational and technical capabilities).”
“Today, we sent PIR an additional information request to ensure that we have a full understanding of this proposed acquisition. We have asked PIR to provide information related to the continuity of the operations of the .ORG registry, the nature of the proposed transaction, how the proposed new ownership structure would continue to adhere to the terms of our current agreement with PIR, and how they intend to act consistently with their promises to serve the .ORG community with more than 10 million domain name registrations.”
ICANN will evaluate the responses and then ICANN has 30 additional days to provide or withhold its consent to the request.
But we all know where this is headed. ICANN will eventually provide the approval for the .org registry sale.
ICANN created this .org mess by removing the price-caps and now they pretend to care what happens to the .org registry. Bullshit!
This is all a show. We all know ICANN don’t care about domain name registrants. They only care about their wallets.
Göran Marby, ICANN President & CEO and Maarten Botterman, ICANN Board Chair are two of the key people in the situation and all their current and future financial information must be thoroughly investigated.
ISOC and PIR have something to hide
On 14 November 2019, PIR formally notified ICANN of the proposed transaction. Under the .ORG Registry Agreement, PIR must obtain ICANN’s prior approval before any transaction that would result in a change of control of the registry operator. Typically, similar requests to ICANN are confidential but ICANN asked PIR for permission to publish the notification. PIR declined this request.
What do ISOC and PIR have to hide?
ICANN has sent a letter to both ISOC and PIR, asking them to be clear and open in all of their communications. ICANN has indicated its willingness to publish the request and related materials involved in ICANN’s review including the request for approval, the request for additional information, and PIR’s responses.
This is all a show but nevertheless it seems strange that ISOC and PIR declined to publish this notification.
Andrew Sullivan, ISOC President and CEO, denied posting this notification on the ISOC mailing list:
Quit fooling around
Now let’s quit fooling around with these corrupt people because this will lead to nothing substantial. Let’s sue ICANN for lifting the price-caps. This is what created this whole mess in the first place.