.security as a closed domain
Attention: Dr. David Crocker, Chairman of the Board Mr. Fadi Chehade', President & CEO Mr. Cherine Chalaby, Chair of the New gTLD Committee Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) 12025 Waterfront Drive, Suite 300 Los Angeles, CA 90094 Hello I am writing concerning the possible closing of the .security domain to one company. This would seriously impede my ability as a growing security business to take advantage of a domain to market my business. As we all know the use of key words when setting up websites, searching and browsing are important tools to directing peoples interest to us as the providers of security service. If in fact the .security domain was closed and dedicated principally to one organization it would cut out all the rest of us in the security organization from being able to fairly compete. Especially when it may be purchased and closed to one organization who has no interest in our industry. We support an Internet that is open and focused and has room for the security and alarm industry If ICANN permits any company to possess a "closed domain" - including Symantec (a computer company) to use ".security" then the security and alarm industry could be lost. Generic words cannot and should not be owned for the exclusive use of one company. Closed use of ".security" is not similar to the way ".com," ".net" and ".org" are used on the Internet daily. Therefore, we believe a closed generic application for ".security" is anticompetitive and we request that ICANN require applicants for closed generic TLDs to either open the TLD or withdraw for a full refund. Regards Dwayne Richardson Precision Protection Systems 780-207-0007 dwayne@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx "Your Peace of Mind is Our Priority"