The DNSO Registrar Constituency
I Mission and Purpose
1.The Registrar Constituency of the Domain Name Supporting Organization
("DNSO") is one of the initial constituencies of the DNSO, according to
Article VI-b, Section 3 of the ICANN Bylaws.
2. The purpose of the Registrar Constituency is to represent the views
and interests of professional domain name registrars within the DNSO in
all matters and issues of its responsibility according to ICANN bylaws.
3. A registrar is an entity that acts as a (technical and operational)
interface between domain name holders ("registrants") and a TLD registry,
pursuant to a right to write records to the registry database providing
registration services for the public as a business enterprise. Registrars
directly submit to the registry zone file information and other data for
each of their customers in a given TLD.
4. Registrars are different from registry or registrar resellers, which
can provide some value-added registration services, as registrars directly
interface with TLD databases operated by registry administrators.
5. The Registrar Constituency shall not act as a Registrar Trade Association
nor represent collective registrar views or interests in any other forum
than DNSO/ICANN. As registrars are the basic component for competition
in the domain-name registration market, the Registrar Constituency shall
refrain from facilitating, promoting or otherwise allowing collusion or
other anti-competitive behavior among registrars.
1. Initial Members of the Registrar Constituency
Eligible as Initial Members of the Registrar Constituency are the entities
accredited as Registrars by ICANN, those entities intended to be accredited
by ICANN, and Network Solutions.
Ninety (90) days following the conclusion of the testbed stage, Initial
Members of the Registrar Constituency will be limited to entities accredited
as Registrars by ICANN.
2. Additional Members of the Registrar Constituency
ISO-3166 TLD Registry-accredited Registrars could form a special class
of members of the Registrar Constituency
All entities accredited as Registrars by ICANN will be eligible to the
Registrar Constituency as they get accredited.
Besides Registrars operating with gTLD registries (identified as those
accredited by ICANN) the Registrar Constituency would also like to include
for membership consideration those registrars operating with ccTLD Registries.
As such we understand those organisations which are registered with IANA/ICANN
as the designated manager of an ISO-3166 Top Level Domain Registry. Because
of implementation problems, this will be a topic of early study for the
The Secretariat of the Registrar Constituency shall require from ICANN
a regularly updated list of the delegated TLD registry managers, and undertake
consultations with each such registry in order to ascertain whether they
operate through registrars, what are their respective criteria for accrediting
registrars, and the list of each registry‘s accredited registrars.
The Registrar Constituency encourages and welcomes the participation
of registry and registrar resellers, agents and other entities providing
domain-name registration services but failing to qualify as a Registrar,
as well as organizations representing these categories, within the Registrar
Constituency as non-voting, observer-status members.
III Organisation and Structure
The Registrar Constituency shall consist of:
2. The Secretariat functions will include:
A Membership, as defined in the previous section
A Secretariat, with the functions described below.
Three Names Council Representatives. One of these representatives shall
chair the Registrar Constituency meetings, which can be either collocated
or electronically linked.
3. The Secretariat functions will be provided by a member of the Registrar
Constituency, elected by the Constituency membership. Each entity selected
to run the Secretariat will provide its services for one year. Re-appointment
will be possible up to a maximum of three consecutive years.
Reviewing applications for membership in the Registrar Constituency. In
this function it will be helped by a Credentials Committee.
Carrying out the administrative functions associated with the operations
of the Registrar Constituency, including the arrangement of meetings, preparation
and publication of minutes.
Facilitating and, where appropriate, formulating membership consensus on
policy issues for the purpose of advising the Registrar Constituency representatives
on the Names Council
Assessing and collecting membership fees and preparing the annual budget
and accounting, if necessary.
4. The Registrar Names Council Members
5. Selection of Candidates for the DNSO Names Council
The three Names Council representatives will act as Registrar Constituency
representatives and not as those of their respective entities or organisations.
As far as it is practical, Names Council representatives shall consult
all relevant matters and decisions with the Registrar Constituency.
The Registrar Names Council members shall normally serve for two years.
They may seek re-election for a second consecutive mandate.
The initial three interim Registrar Names Council members shall serve until
their successors can be promptly elected at the conclusion of the 90 day
post testbed period. The Registrar Constituency shall develop prior to
that date all relevant substantive and procedural rules in order to run
regular elections. This include selecting a Secretariat, appointing a Membership
Credentials committee; implementing criteria for ISO-3166 Registrar membership
and formalizing policy-development mechanisms and rules.
Registrar Names Council members, including initial representatives, may
serve for two consecutive terms before becoming ineligible for re-election
for a third consecutive term. However, any member serving as an interim
Names Council representative under the provision set forth above will not
have that time of service accessed against these two year term.
Each Constituency member may propose one individual as a candidate for
election to the DNSO Names Council. Nominations will be open for a one-week
All nominees from the same region (as defined in the ICANN Bylaws) as the
person with the largest number of votes will be eliminated. From the resulting
list, all nominees from the same region as the person with the second number
of votes will be eliminated. The three people at the top of the remaining
list will be elected as representatives of the Registrar Constituency to
the Names Council.
If the list of nominees contains only members from two or one of the regions,
the Secretariat will extend the nomination period for a further week. After
that week, elections will take place, providing as many Names Council seats
as regions are represented. The Secretariat will organize a new election
restricted to nominees of those regions not yet represented. Pending that,
the Constituency will only partially fulfill the Names Council seats reserved
1. Registrar Constituency members shall have one vote per member, irrespective
of the size or the number of domain names registered.
2. Registrar Constituency members will have the ability to vote via
a proxy arrangement.
3. Observers shall have no voting rights.
1. The Registrar Constituency members shall arrange any necessary finance
for the constituency in a manner to be agreed by the Constituency.
2. The Registrar Constituency shall participate in the DNSO funding
in the way decided by the Names Council
VI Registrar Constituency Processes.
1. The Registrar Constituency shall adhere to the open and transparent
process requirements as stated by ICANN. It shall also comply with ICANN-established
conflict-of-interest, dispute resolution and review policies,
2. Registrar Constituency meetings will normally be held when possible
by electronic means. Once a year a physical meeting shall be arranged,
in conjunction with DNSO and/or ICANN-related meetings.
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