Dot Cloud must not be a closed TLD
I understand that there are suggestions that the .cloud TLD may be a closed one, enabling a major commercial organisation such as Amazon or Symantec to own it outright. Frankly, that’s one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard if true. Given the wide and diverse marketplace for cloud service providers, the concept of allowing any single organisation to own it outright would be scandalous and anti-competitive. I have no problem with Amazon owning the rights to Amazon.cloud but the idea of them inhibiting smaller providers from using their own brands with a .cloud suffix would be completely wrong and I’m sure would open Icann up to some serious public examination and criticism. I trust you will see sense in this matter; if you don’t, expect uproar! Yours sincerely, Andrew Brenson Former Head of IT at Save the Children UK, now and Independent Consultant in the NGO sector.