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Single Letter Domain Allocation

  • To: <allocationmethods@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Single Letter Domain Allocation
  • From: Paul Kurtz <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 14 Dec 2007 09:26:34 -0500

Please see the comment below from Richard Clarke, Chairman of Good Harbor
Consulting.  If you have any questions please e-mail Paul Kurtz at


Dr. Paul Twomey
President and CEO
SUBJECT:  Request for Public Comment on Allocation of Single Letter Domain
Dr. Twomey:
I understand ICANN is preparing to greatly expand the number of domains by
allowing 'single letter' (e.g.:  .a, .b, .c) domains.   Allocating these
domains represents a logical step for ICANN as it moves forward in growing
the domain name space as well as bringing opportunity to domain name owners
and Internet users.
I understand that certain approaches to the allocation of single letter
domains would yield revenue to ICANN.    Given growing concerns about the
security and reliability of the Internet, I request that the Board adopt
revenue generating proposals and prescribe that the significant share of any
revenue derived from allocating these domains be dedicated to strengthening
the Internet.   For example, funding could be used to expand use of DNSSec,
IPv6, and secure BGP, as well as fund additional research into other means
to strengthen the fundamental protocols and unique identifier systems
of the Internet.  Taking such a step will demonstrate ICANN's commitment to
the long term security and reliability of the Internet.

Richard A. Clarke
Good Harbor Consulting

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