ICANN’s Brave Decision – Who are the Winners and Losers?

ICANN’s decision to remove all cross-ownership restrictions between registries and registrars is a brave one in light of the chorus of doomsayers crying that consumers would be harmed by new registry business models and by having additional choices for their internet presence. The real winners will be the major internet brands. Who are the biggest losers? The Registrar channel. It is time to start competing.

ICANN has decided to remove restrictions for cross-ownership of registries and registrars.

Who are the Winners and Losers?

ICANN’s decision to remove all cross-ownership restrictions between registries and registrars is a brave one in light of the chorus of doomsayers crying that consumers would be harmed by new registry business models and by having additional choices for their internet presence.

I think history will show that this decision is the correct one from a consumer’s perspective.

Within the domain name ecosystem, who are the winners and losers?

In terms of winners, it’s not the registrars who have been itching to become registries.  None of their offerings will threaten the dominance of dot-com.  Rather the real winners will be the major brands on the internet:  Apple, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Microsoft.  All of them already have more users than any registrar or registry.  Any one of these could launch their own TLD to rival dot-com.

Who are the biggest losers?  The Registrar channel.  Registrars will no longer be assured of being able to offer new TLD’s to their customers.  Registries will start to bypass their registrar partners and deal directly with end-users.

Registries will do just fine as their customers are not going anywhere.  But they need to become more agressive in new product offerings in they want to grow.  Innovation is necessary for both registries and registrars to remain relevant.  This should be exciting!

2 thoughts on “ICANN’s Brave Decision – Who are the Winners and Losers?”

  1. I thought this is useful to see from a different prospect. Experts, please help me answer the below questions.

    Registry:
    1. This decision is good because, now the registry owners don’t need to depend on the registrar to put registrar marketing dollar, resources and place it in the top in their list to SELL more domains.
    Now new TLD owners can build their own registrar (build new or buy an existing one) and sell more domains, pump more resources and makerketing dollars to be successful…This will get us lot of innovation because registries can spend more money in registrars…..
    Q1: ISN’T THIS TRUE?

    Registrar :
    Small: No difference
    Big : They can build a successful new TLD by going thru their own channel like eNom.

    But current registrars have threat from registries to enter in to this registrar business…
    Q2: is this true?

    Q3: If Enom applies for a TLD, do you guys think
    other small registrars or godaddy does not want to sell that TLD?

    Domainer: They do the same as current …buy more names and make more money.

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