26 Jun '13, 4pm

ICANN CEO: Registrants Rule! | Internet Commerce Association - ICA

ICANN held a briefing in Brussels on Tuesday, June 25th and ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade was the leadoff speaker. We’ve reviewed some detailed reports from those in attendance, and the most startling and refreshing statement made by CEO Chehade was that new gTLD applicants will be managed as ICANN’s licensees – that he regards the registrant/user as ICANN’s “customer” and that is the party that ICANN primarily serves. One source quoted him as saying, “"New gTLD Registries are our licensees: our clients are registrants", while another had it as “Registrants are ICANN's customers; not registrars, not registries". Whatever the exact words, the sentiment is clear. If that mentality permeates through ICANN – that registrants are to be regarded as primary customers, and not the bottom of the food chain -- it will indeed be an overdue and very welcome sea change. Every comment letter s...

Full article: http://internetcommerce.org/Registrants_Rule

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