18(c) What operating rules will you adopt to eliminate or minimize social costs?
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|.HOTEIS||Despegar Online SRL||View|
18.3 What operating rules will you adopt to eliminate or minimize social costs (e.g., time or financial resource costs, as well as various types of consumer vulnerabilities)?
Despegar’s proposed operating rules to limit registration to Despegar and its qualified subsidiaries and affiliates, at least for the first three years of operation, will provide a trusted online environment for consumers to access Despegar’s online content, and by default will minimize social costs. This verified ecosystem will provide consumers with a single, trusted source for Despegar goods and services with a substantially lower risk of the fraud, misdirection, infringement, or scams that consumers are plagued with in .COM and other open gTLDs. Despegar does not anticipate consumer vulnerabilities. There will be no need for other trademark and brand owners to defensively register second-level domains in the .HOTEIS gTLD. In fact, Despegar’s expectation is that the usage of a .HOTEIS gTLD will eliminate many of the vulnerabilities that Despegar consumers face in the wider Internet today.
18.3.1 What other steps will you take to minimize negative consequences⁄costs imposed upon consumers?
Despegar believes that the proposed operation of the .HOTEIS gTLD as set forth in this application has no known negative consequences or cost implications to consumers. On the contrary, the proposed operation of this registry will likely lead to direct and quantifiable benefits to consumers.
18.3.2 How will multiple applications for a particular domain name be resolved, for example, by auction or on a first-come⁄first-serve basis?
Despegar does not envision multiple applicants for the same domain name, as domain names will only be allocated to Despegar and its qualified subsidiaries and affiliates, at least for the first three years of operation, in accordance with Despegar’s business plan for the .HOTEIS gTLD.
18.3.3 Explain any cost benefits for registrants you intend to implement (e.g., advantageous pricing, introductory discounts, bulk registration discounts).
Despegar does not envision any advantageous pricing, introductory discounts, or bulk registration discounts because these marketing⁄commercial initiatives are inconsistent with the mission and purpose of the .HOTEIS gTLD as a trusted online source identifier. Moreover, Despegar currently intends to provide domain name registrations to itself and its qualified subsidiaries and affiliates at no cost, though the company reserves the right to reevaluate this decision and may alter it in the future.
18.3.4 Note that the Registry Agreement requires that registrars be offered the option to obtain initial domain name registrations for periods of one to ten years at the discretion of the registrar, but no greater than ten years. Additionally, the Registry Agreement requires advance written notice of price increases. Do you intend to make contractual commitments to registrants regarding the magnitude of price escalation? If so, please describe your plans.
Despegar is committed to providing the domain name registration periods set forth in the Registry Agreement. However, as noted above, the registration and use of the domain name is conditioned upon a separate qualified subsidiary or affiliate relationship with Despegar. As such, providing contractual commitments in a domain name registrant agreement regarding the magnitude of price escalations does not seem relevant or appropriate. Additionally, as noted above, the current business model envisions Despegar providing domain name registrations to itself and its qualified subsidiaries and affiliates at no cost, at least for the first three years of operation.
Despegar acknowledges that the current template Registry Agreement requires the Registry Operator to “offer registrars the option to obtain registration periods for one to ten years at the discretion of the registrar.” However, Despegar and its qualified subsidiaries and affiliates, as the initial sole registrants within the .HOTEIS gTLD, will only be registering domain names annually.
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