Archive for September, 2011
Thursday, September 15th, 2011
In a sign that the .au domain name market is hotting up investmentproperty.com.au today sold for $125,001 (plus GST) to Mad Cat Pty Ltd, which appears to be the operator of Hunter Valley property development company Vision Homes.
In spirited bidding, initial bids last night were less than $2000. The price quickly shot up today on the two leading aftermarket domain catching services, fetching $125,001 on Netfleet and $110,001 on Drop.com.au
No doubt the registrant who let the name expire, INVESTMENT PROPERTY SOLUTIONS PTY LIMITED, would have kicked themselves at losing such a valuable domain name.
Cooper Mills Director and Domain Lawyer, Erhan Karabardak said:
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Retail internet and voice service providers are about to see the next wave of regulation from the Australian Government. This time, it is the Australian Communications and Media Authority (‘ACMA’) that is driving the changes.
ACMA is demanding a series of major changes to advertising and sales practices, as well as billing and complaint handling.
It is allowing the industry a short time to adopt the changes ‘voluntarily’ via an updated Telecommunications Consumer Protections Code. If that does not happen, it will enforce its requirements using its own powers.
The ACMA is giving industry five months in which to develop a revised code dealing with the matters that it considers must be changed. If those changes cannot be made within that time, the ACMA will intervene directly to implement its proposals by way of a standard.
Unless the industry adopts the ‘proposals’ in its Telecommunications Consumer Protection Code (‘TCP Code’) , ACMA will mandate them. Chris Chapman has now been reported as saying:
“The industry [is] ‘formally on notice’ to reflect the proposed changes in the new TCP code. If the industry doesn’t develop a code that addresses ACMA’s concerns, the ACMA will mandate changes through direct regulation.”
ACMA’s new ‘proposed’ rules
Initially, it will be up to the industry (through Communications Alliance) to redesign its TCP Code to satisfy ACMA. If that fails, a mandatory new industry standard is inevitable.
What should service providers be doing now?
First, it is important to realise that the main points are all locked in – as far as ACMA is concerned. Consultation on the changes is finished. There is room to refine the details, but the headline elements listed above are not negotiable for ACMA.
Second, you should consider whether you want to engage with Communications Alliance about any changes to the TCP Code. These changes will affect you and your sales and delivery processes. If you want to influence the TCP Code process, you’ll need to be prepared. There are only five months left for Communications Alliance to produce a document that satisfies ACMA.
Third, you should start to think about how your business will comply with requirements along the lines of those outlined above. What will your marketing / sales / delivery / complaints handling look like in 2012? Will you be well positioned to prosper in the new environment? How?
Monday, September 5th, 2011
.au Domain Administrator, auDA, today announced that it had accepted the recommendations of the Secondary Market Working Group, which included the highly controversial prohibition on the resale of newly registered domain names within 6 months of registration.
Among the recommendations of the Board that were accepted by auDA are:
The most noteworthy change was the removal of the restriction on the resale of domain names. This policy was seen to be inconsistent and illogical by many industry players. The restrictions did not apply to domain names transferred but only on new registrations.
Some industry observers say that this decision effectively removes restrictions on the trading of domain names, and brings Australia into line with almost every other jurisdiction around the world.
Other changes included the provision of more information to consumer and registrants about domain name transfers and domain name drop services.