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[gtld-council] Discussion on whether to continue with the introduction of new gTLDs

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  • Subject: [gtld-council] Discussion on whether to continue with the introduction of new gTLDs
  • From: "Bruce Tonkin" <Bruce.Tonkin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2006 14:09:04 +1100

Hello All,

Below is a copy of a summary of how each constituency representative at
the Washington meetings characterised why they, and under what
circumstances they, supported the continued introduction of new gTLDs. 

Registry Constituency:
Yes - because:
-       facilitate competition
-       public benefit of TLDs with different purposes
-       added choices for internet users
-       expansion of internet usage through the market development
efforts of new and existing providers of registry services
-       opportunity to test user demand for specific TLDs
-       opportunity to develop a resource that best serves the needs of
a particular community

Yes - because:
-       risky to freeze the namespace
        o       e.g need more competition
        o       current operators are in limited geographic regions
-       good for innovation and additional participation from regions
that have yet to be involved so far

Yes - if there is clear criteria:
-       immediately show value and provide obvious competition
-       support public interest
-       clear differentiation

Intellectual property
-       need good criteria
        o       e.g whether the TLD is differentiated from other TLDs
        o       certainty with respect to the selection requirements for
registrants associated for  TLD - e.g only museums in .museum
        o       community behind domain name
                o       enforcement of contractual commitments
o       competition and diversity

Yes - because
-       no reason not to
-       consistent with a market approach

Business constituency
Yes - 
-       prioritisation of IDNs
-       protection for registrants in the case of business failure of
the TLD operator
-       better to manage the introduction of new TLDs rather than have a
growth of alternative roots

Bruce Tonkin

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