DOTZON comment on "Introduction of Two-Character Domain Names in the New gTLD Namespace"
DOTZON is a Berlin-based company focused on consulting for new top-level domains for cities and companies. We have been active in ICANN since 2005, and are currently stewarding more than 20 new TLD applications through the ICANN process. These comments on the Introduction of Two-Character Domain Names in the New gTLD Namespace are submitted on behalf of DOTZON clients. The Applicant Guidebook specifies that names of countries and respective ccTLDs shall be initially reserved under New gTLDs. Also, the Applicant Guidebook specifies how those names could be released after delegation of the New gTLD: For reference, applicants may draw on existing methodology developed for the reservation and release of country names in the .INFO top-level domain. See the Dot Info Circular at https://gacweb.icann.org/display/GACADV/New+gTLDs. We welcome the initiative by New gTLD operators for a streamlined process to request release of country names and 2-letter and character codes at the second level. ICANN's preliminary review (based on the information provided) did not identify any competition, security or stability issues for this request. Therefore, we support this proposal provided that the implementation will be made available to all New gTLDs on request, no matter whether the gTLD is a Brand, Geo, Community or generic TLD. We request that the restrictions placed on two-character ASCII labels and country names are incompatible with competition laws, unnecessary and should be amended. The implementation should be executed via an amendment to the Exhibit A of the respective Registry Agreements. Thank you for the opportunity to comment. Respectfully submitted by: TLDDOT GmbH (.gmbh) Hotel Top-Level-Domain Sarl (.hotel) dotBERLIN GmbH & Co. KG (.berlin) Hamburg Top-Level-Domains GmbH (.hamburg) dotReise GmbH (.reise) dotVersicherung-registry GmbH (.versicherung) I-REGISTRY Ltd., Niederlassung Deutschland (.onl) I-REGISTRY Ltd., Niederlassung Deutschland (.rich) I-REGISTRY Ltd., Niederlassung Deutschland (.online) I-REGISTRY Ltd., Niederlassung Deutschland (.vip) Bugatti International SA (.bugatti) AUDI Aktiengesellschaft (.audi) ACO Severin Ahlmann GmbH & Co. KG (.aco) Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (.lamborghini) Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG (.schaeffler) Katrin Ohlmer Geschäftsführerin DOTZON GmbH - incubating name spaces Akazienstrasse 2 10823 Berlin Deutschland - Germany Tel: +49 30 49802722 Fax: +49 30 49802727 Mobile: +49 173 2019240 katrin@xxxxxxxxxx www.dotzon.com DOTZON GmbH Registergericht: Amtsgericht Berlin-Charlottenburg, HRB 118598 Geschäftsführer: Katrin Ohlmer Sitz der Gesellschaft: Akazienstrasse 2, 10823 Berlin