2017-04-30

News Review: FCC & Net Neutrality, What's Next? (video) | NR 2017-04-30

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2017-04-30):

Features •  1) FCC & Net Neutrality, What's Next?  2) Names, Domains & Trademarks: UDRP Filing Triggers RDNH Federal Lawsuit, and a .COM domain name sells for $2.89 million, 3) ICYMI: Google LIVE in Cuba, 4) Earnings Season: Apple $AAPL, GoDaddy $GDDY, Facebook $FB, 5) ICANN News: ICANN's International Office Strategy,  6) Most Popular.

1) FCC & Net Neutrality, What's Next?  

FCC chair Ajit Pai explains why he wants to scrap the FCC's net neutrality rules:

Video above published Apr 27, 2017,  by PBS News Hour: Ajit Pai, FCC chairman, has plans to do away with net neutrality rules that have been in place for the last three years. Pai argues the rules are too burdensome and that they stifle innovation and competition. William Brangham discusses the changes in oversight with Pai.

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2) Names, Domains & Trademarks
  • UDRP Filing Triggers RDNH Federal Lawsuit--Web Developer Sues UDRP Complainant Over Internet Domain Name: In U.S. District Court (Middle District of Florida), Plaintiff VirtualPoint Inc., the domain name registrant of fasttrak.com, sued FastTrak--copy of Plaintiff's complaint (pdf)--after FastTrak filed what plaintiff termed a “baseless and factually erroneous UDRP complaint." (See Plaintiff's complaint, supra, at ¶15.) Plaintiff seeks a declaratory judgment of non-infringement, punitive damages, and damages of not less than $100,000 for reverse domain name hijacking, as first reported in Bloomberg | BNA.com
[Editor's note: The UDRP is a flawed ICANN policy long known (since 2001) to be abused by wrongful Complainants in other cases who have used it in various attempts to "steal" valuable .COM domain names. ICANN and its GNSO have delayed considering reforms of the UDRP until after the review of all other Rights Protections Mechanisms (RPMs) used in connection with ICANN's failing new gTLDs programnone of which apply to .COM domain names. Dysfunctional and incompetent ICANN often "puts the cart before the horse"--as of April 29, 2017, there are over 128 million registered domain names under the gTLD (generic top-level domain) .COM, whereas ICANN's 1250+ new gTLDs have a total of only somewhere between 24 and 28 million domain names registered, depending on whether you believe namestat.org or ntldstats.com--ICANN doesn't maintain any data itself though it could and should--and those new gTLD registrations are declining as consumers (registrants) discover the unregulated monopoly pricing model used by ICANN (against the advice (pdf) of the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division) and the new gTLDs' defects known as "universal acceptance issues" which ICANN knew about before even launching the new gTLDs program. Caveat Emptor!]
Seller Travelzoo Inc., continues to do business under its domain name travelzoo.com. Sale first reported by OnlineDomain.com via George Kirikos.

3) ICYMI Internet Domain News Quick Takes 

4) Q1 2017 Earnings Season
This coming week on Domain Mondo:
  • Apple AAPL May 2 at 5:00 pm EDT
  • GoDaddy GDDY May 2 at 5:00 pm EDT--world's largest domain name registrar
  • Facebook FB May 3 at 5:00 pm EDT
• This past week: Google (Alphabet), Amazon, Verisign, Twitter, and T-Mobile.

5) ICANN News:

ICANN's International Office Strategy:
ICANN CEO Goran Marby presented the above slide at the ICANN  FY17 Q3 Stakeholder Call, April 27, 2017
•  ICANN Board to Hold Two Open Sessions During Geneva [Switzerland] May 5-7 Workshop | ICANN.org: The ICANN Board of Directors invites all interested individuals to join two sessions (via Adobe Connect or telephone): 1) Marketplace Dynamics Session I: Registries and Registrars
Saturday, 6 May, 11:15 – 12:00 UTC; and 2) Internet Governance Engagement Strategy with a Focus on the Internet Governance Forums (IGFs): Proposal to the Board, Sunday, 7 May, 09:00 – 10:00 UTC (more info at the link above). If you cannot attend the sessions LIVE, both sessions will be recorded and available according to ICANN staff (see chat transcript below from the ICANN FY17 Q3 Quarterly Stakeholder call on April 27, 2017):

•  ICANN Public Comment Periods that close in May 2017 (dates subject to change, closing time on all closing dates below is 23:59 UTC): [Editor's note: I have flagged <<< those issues of most importance to most registrants.]

•  ccNSO Strategic and Operational Planning Working Group (SOP WG) comment on ICANN's FY18 Operating Plan and Budget--https://ccnso.icann.org/about/ccnso-sop-wg-comments-24apr17-en.pdf--excerpt (highlighting added):

•  ICANN Complaints Office | ICANN.org"The Complaints Office handles complaints regarding the ICANN Organization that don't fall into an existing complaints mechanism." The full complaints process is targeted for launch in mid-July 2017. More info at link above.

•  Göran Marby's First Visit to China as ICANN President, Named 马跃然 by China Internet Community | circleid.com

6) Most popular post (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: 

-- John Poole, Editor* of Domain Mondo 

*Note: all references to Editor's Note herein are to the above.

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