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Business Constituency comment on Release of Country and Territory Names in .DVAG, .TUI, .SPEIGEL, .ALLFINANZ and .FLSMIDTH

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  • Subject: Business Constituency comment on Release of Country and Territory Names in .DVAG, .TUI, .SPEIGEL, .ALLFINANZ and .FLSMIDTH
  • From: Steve DelBianco <sdelbianco@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 17:13:20 +0000

The Business Constituency (“BC”) appreciates the opportunity to provide 
comments on proposed amendments to the .DVAG, .TUI, .SPEIGEL, .ALLFINANZ and 
FLSMIDTH registry agreements, per the Registry Services Evaluation Policy  
(“RSEP”)  by these five registries on 5 Dec 2014 and posted for public comment 
on 6 Jan 2015  at 

In their RSEP requests, Registry Operators Deutsche Vermögensberatung 
Aktiengesellschaft DVAG, TUI AG, SPIEGEL-Verlag Rudolf Augstein GmbH & Co. KG, 
Allfinanz Deutsche Vermögensberatung Aktiengesellschaft and FLSmidth A/S seek 
the release of all country and territory names, as defined in Section 4 of 
Specification 5 of the Registry Agreement, at all levels of the .DVAG, .TUI, 
.SPEIGEL, .ALLFINANZ and .FLSMIDTH TLDs, respectively.  The BC fully supports  
these requests.

Geographic domains in Dot-BRAND TLDs are an important business user issue (note 
that geographic names include spelled-out names as well as 2-character country 
codes). Dot-BRAND TLDs need to be able to use geographic names at the second 
level in order to safely market and sell their services to businesses, 
consumers, and users in multiple languages in different locations around the 

We firmly believe that the release of country and territory names for Dot-BRAND 
TLDs will enhance security and trust in online commerce by permitting 
businesses to exercise more control over the security and stability of their 
customized websites. The use of geographic names at the second level will also 
help reduce abuse by reinforcing to consumers that official, legitimate 
communications come from the country-specific domain of a Dot-BRAND top level 

Finally, releasing these names will facilitate online commerce in developing 
nations by encouraging registries to create customized and localized content 
(in non-English languages) for consumers in such regions.

For all these reasons, the BC fully supports these requests and urges ICANN to 
amend the registry agreements for the  .DVAG, .TUI, .SPEIGEL, .ALLFINANZ, and 
.FLSMIDTH TLDs  accordingly.


This comment was drafted by Laura Covington and was approved in accord with our 

Steve DelBianco
Vice chair for policy coordination
ICANN Business Constituency

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