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HP Comments to New gTLD Applicant Guidebook Draft

  • To: "gtld-guide@xxxxxxxxx" <gtld-guide@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: HP Comments to New gTLD Applicant Guidebook Draft
  • From: "Lipkina, Natasha (hp.com)" <natasha.lipkina@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2008 18:49:53 +0000

"Overall, HP believes that it is premature to proceed with the new TLD launch 
at this time. ICANN has not provided an economic analysis examining the impact 
of a widespread launch on Internet users, businesses, and the general economy, 
and the drafted Guidebook leaves much of the launch process unexplained and 
undeveloped. This, coupled with the lack of rights protections makes it unwise 
to move forward with release of hundreds of new TLDs. If this launch is to move 
forward, it must do so with a more detailed, well thought-out plan and at a 
pace that allows for reevaluation and adaptation to problems that will 
undoubtedly arise. While we are against the new TLD release as planned, we are 
additionally concerned that ICANN has chosen to exclude 2 character TLDs from 
the pool of possible domain name extensions.  We recognize that traditionally 
two character TLDs are used to represent country codes, but since some ccTLDs 
have abandoned this (.TV for example) coupled with the fact that  many two 
character combinations currently do not correspond to a country, we believe 
that available two character TLDs should be open to qualified parties."

 Best regards,

Natasha Lipkina
Accessibility/Domain Naming Programs Manager

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