18(c) What operating rules will you adopt to eliminate or minimize social costs?
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18.3.1 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)?
Grainger Registry’s proposed operating rules to limit registration to Grainger, and to its qualified subsidiaries and affiliates, are designed to provide a trusted online environment for customers and potential customers to access Grainger’s online content and, by default, will help to minimize social costs. This closed ecosystem provides customers and potential customers with a single, trusted source for Grainger goods, services and content with a substantially lower risk of fraud, misdirection, infringement, or scams that customers and potential customers are plagued with in .COM and other open gTLDs. Grainger Registry’s expectation is that the usage of the .GRAINGER gTLD will minimize many of the vulnerabilities listed above that customers and potential customers of Grainger’s goods, services, and information face in the wider Internet today. Furthermore, another way in which social costs will be reduced is that there will be no need, and no ability, for other trademark and brand owners to defensively register second-level domains in the .GRAINGER gTLD.
18.3.2 What other steps will you take to minimize negative consequences⁄costs imposed upon consumers?
Grainger Registry believes that the proposed operation of the .GRAINGER gTLD as set forth in this application has no known negative consequences or cost implications for customers and potential customers. On the contrary, the proposed operation of this registry will likely lead to direct benefits for customers and potential customers as outlined above.
18.3.3 How will multiple applications for a particular domain name be resolved, for example, by auction or on a first-come⁄first-serve basis?
Grainger Registry does not envision multiple applicants for the same second level domain name, as Grainger’s plan is that domain names will only be allocated to Grainger and its qualified subsidiaries and affiliates for at least the first five years of .GRAINGER’s operation.
18.3.4 Explain any cost benefits for registrants you intend to implement (e.g., advantageous pricing, introductory discounts, bulk registration discounts).
Grainger Registry 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 .GRAINGER gTLD as a trusted online source identifier. Moreover, it is the current intention of Grainger Registry to provide domain name registrations to Grainger and its qualified subsidiaries and affiliates at no cost.
18.3.5 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.
Grainger Registry is committed to providing the domain name registration periods set forth in the Registry Agreement. However, as noted above, as a branded gTLD, the registration and use of a .GRAINGER domain name is conditioned upon a separate affiliate or corporate relationship with Grainger. Therefore, 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 Grainger Registry providing domain name registrations to Grainger and its qualified subsidiaries and affiliates at no cost.
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