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Closed Generic Top Level Domains

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  • Subject: Closed Generic Top Level Domains
  • From: Mike Shantz <mshantz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Mar 2013 00:10:12 -0500

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Sudbury, ON.
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March 2, 2013

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

We have great concern with "Closed" Top Level Domains.

We strongly believe that this will be harmful to the public good and will be 
The public when searching on the internet want choices and options not just the 
products or services of a single company.
A closed generic domain is not in the public interest.

If ICANN permits any company to possess a "closed domain" - as an example 
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 

Therefore, we believe a closed generic application are anticompetitive and we 
request that ICANN require applicants for closed generic TLDs to either open 
the TLD or withdraw for a full refund.


Mike Shantz


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