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Support "closed generics"

  • To: comments-closed-generic-05feb13@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Support "closed generics"
  • From: Luigi Bai <lpbai@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 1 May 2013 14:09:02 -0500

I don't see how having a "closed generic" gTLD such as ".book" is any different 
from having the domain "book.com" or "book.info" assigned to a registrant. 
Each is a limited resource, and each is closed. Closing the ".book" gTLD would 
not stop another applicant for registering ".books", nor ".libros", etc.

While I can't provide a source for this assertion, I get the impression that 
the strings in URLs are becoming less important as people seem to use 
bookmarks, embedded hyperlinks,  and search engines more and more to access 
web resources; we simply click on one or more links to find what we're looking 
for. The importance of the text of the URL, including the domain (and its 
compenents), seems to be diminishing over time.

Nevertheless, I suggest that the registrant of a "closed generic" gTLD should 
pay an annual registration fee which is proportionate to the fees generated by 
"open generic" gTLDs, so ICANN does not lose an income stream by granting a 
license to "close" a generic gTLD.

Luigi Bai
Houston, TX, US

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