2017-08-06

News Review: HTC Terminates New gTLD .HTC, ICANN .BRAND Scam

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Domain Mondo's weekly internet domain news review (NR 2017-08-06) with analysis and opinion: Features • 1) HTC Terminates New gTLD .HTC, 2) Other ICANN news: GAC Letter to ICANN re: GDPR, Geographic Names as Top-Level Domains (TLDs), 3) Names, Domains & Trademarks: Untied.com, 4)  ICYMI Internet Domain News: Senator Ted Cruz & NTIA nominee Redl, 5) Investing: GoDaddy $GDDY, Tucows $TCX, Verisign $VRSN & .WEB, 6) Most Read Posts.

1 HTC Terminates New gTLD .HTC: Well-known global brand HTC has joined McDonald's and other global name brands in rejecting ICANN's Extortionate .BRAND Scam:

 Registry Agreement Termination Information Page | ICANN.org:
ICANN hides its Registry Agreement Termination Information Page under "Proof of Concept Reports"
Like McDonald's, HTC's back end registry services provider was also Neustar
Letter from HTC to ICANN terminating new gTLD .HTC
News Review: ICANN's Extortionate .BRAND Scam Failing"... an assortment of hucksters, lawyers, charlatans, and snake oil salesmen ... thought they would get filthy rich off all the big "dumb" rich trademark holders who were told they must pay to defensively register their trademark as an ICANN .BRAND TLD or risk losing their "brand name" and trademark on the internet to other claimants. ICANN charged an initial $185,000 "shakedown" fee per brand name upfront, plus periodic fees thereafter for the "privilege" of operating the .BRAND TLD. Of course, that may be just a drop in the bucket compared to the fees charged by the consultants, lawyers, back end registry service providers, and others, including the aforesaid charlatans."

2) Other ICANN news:

a. Letter from GAC (Thomas Schneider) to ICANN (Theresa Swinehart) | ICANN.org re: GDPR Compliance Task Force: schneider-to-swinehart-24jul17-en.pdf [77.6 KB] embed below (highlighting added):

b. ICANN Management Organization Chart | ICANN.org 01 Aug 2017: management-org-01aug17-en.pdf (pdf) [131 KB]

c. Geographic Names as Top-Level Domains (TLDs): Letter from Avri Doria and Jeff Neuman to GNSO Chair James Bladel (pdf), embed below (highlighting added):

3) Names, Domains & Trademarks

4) ICYMI Internet Domain News 
  • Politico.com reports U.S. Senator Ted Cruz is "slowing down the Senate Commerce Committee vote on NTIA Administrator-nominee David Redl" because Cruz "is seeking assurances related to the IANA transition."  
Photos of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and NTIA Administrator David Redl at the Senate Commerce Hearing on June 8, 2017
At the hearing on June 8, 2017 (photos above, video @1:09:17), Cruz asked Redl whether he thought the IANA transition had been “wise and prudent.”

5) Investing: GoDaddy $GDDY, Tucows $TCX, Verisign $VRSN & .WEB
  • GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY), secondary offering lockup expiration: August 3, 2017.
  • Q2 2017 earnings LIVE webcasts for GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) and Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX): August 8, 2017, at 5pm EDT.
"Well, there's really no update to provide on [new gTLD] .WEB at this point. With respect to our interactions with the Department of Justice [Antitrust Division], we continue to cooperate with DOJ as it pertains to the CID [civil investigative demand] we discussed last quarter. That dialogue is constructive, has been constructive. We produced documents and information. We'd answered questions as needed, and we're meeting with the department. So that's an ongoing process, and beyond that, there's really nothing to say at this point."--D. James Bidzos, VeriSign, Inc. CEO, July 27, 2017
Global Public Interest? Verisign enjoys the pricing power (pdf) of an ICANN-enabled global monopoly:
 Verisign .NET price increase
Even ICANN itself is "in on the greedby charging $0.75 per .NET domain name vs. only $0.25 per domain name for new gTLDs' domain names. However, unlike .NET domain names, new gTLDs' domain names price increases are unlimited

And unlike the world's largest TLD (top-level domain) .COM (pdf), the new gTLDs are ICANN-enabled global monopolies with absolute, unlimited pricing-power. ICANN operates in the global public interest? LOL!

6) Most read posts (# of pageviews Sun-Sat) this past week on DomainMondo.com: 
1. News Review: EFF Warns Registrants To Avoid New gTLD Domain Names
2. The Big Four: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google; & The New Rules (video)
3. Apple $AAPL Q3 FY17 Earnings Webcast, August 1, 5pm EDT
4. Tech Giants Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google: Above The Law? (video) 

-- John Poole, Editor, Domain Mondo 

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