Re: [gnso-vi-feb10] Niche TLDs
- To: Roberto Gaetano <roberto@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [gnso-vi-feb10] Niche TLDs
- From: Volker Greimann - Key-Systems GmbH <vgreimann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2010 14:43:24 +0200
You present very nice starting points for further discussions.
I agree with this assessment, even if it will limit the possible ways a
TLD can be marketed.
Under which circumstances would people feel safe in allowing vertical
integration for a TLD that serves a small community, like a cultural,
linguistic, geographic community?
Let me start.
* There should be declared criteria to delimit the community, and
adherence to these criteria will be audited by ICANN.
A few examples:
If .org would only allow registrations by bona fide registered
organizations, would it be a community TLD in this sense?
Would a .paris be registerable by non-parisians? Where will we draw the
line? Will a definition of the community as "people and organizations
with interests in Paris" be sufficient?
This assumes a for-profit cannot also act in the interest of the
community. I do not subscribe to the belief that a community TLD must be
NP. As long as the community supports the application, applications
should be valid.
* The registry will be operated as a non profit for the benefit of
The point is that if a registry does fulfill these requirements, they
will be granted an exception, and will be allowed to operate without
giving equal access to all registrars.
There might be interesting questions, like:
* Will they be allowed to use the services of one registrar,
selected by them, or not?
Here I will stay firm with my demand for equal access from the start.
This is the hard call, as every community is different. .afica may be a
community TLD by some standards, but attract more applications than a
.actuallivingastronauts. So where do we set the line. Is the same cutoff
in the best interest of the communty the TLD is supposed to serve in
each case? Does a cutoff even make sense?
* What is the maximum number opf names under the TLD?