Open Letter to ICANN from Dot Web Group
- To: gtld-strategy-draft@xxxxxxxxx
- Subject: Open Letter to ICANN from Dot Web Group
- From: "Contact" <contact@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 21:23:30 -0500
October 14, 2004
President Paul Twomey, and
Board of Directors
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Re: The Future of Namespace
Dear President Twomey,
Dear Board Members,
On September 30, 2004, ICANN published "Strategy: Introduction of New Top-Level
Domains," in response to the United States Department of Commerce's call for
the expansion of namespace. Dot Web Group (DWG) is pleased that ICANN is moving
towards the goal of bringing competition to the domain industry. Not only will
the diversification of the registry-level marketplace go far towards making
namespace robust ? it will also ease the cost of branding and advertising that
currently restrains every business looking to the Internet for advancement. In
this manner, ICANN's service to the global community cannot be overstated;
ICANN does not merely serve as guardian to 13 root servers -- it also
contributes to the very underpinnings of eCommerce itself.
The application process of 2000 successfully indicates how the next phase
should unfold. As we come to understand that the infusion of new gTLDs has no
deleterious impact on either the root servers or the marketplace, many of the
constraints placed upon Plan 2000 can be lifted from the shoulders of Plan
2005. Indeed, DWG maintains that further vitality of namespace is at hand and
that as the global economy becomes more dependent upon the Internet, ICANN
needs to remove all the artificial barriers. Like all living things, the Web
should be allowed to follow its natural course, and in this manner, the next
paradigm shall be established.
This past March, ICANN received ten applications for sponsored, restricted
TLDs. DWG understands that there is a place for restricted strings that
represent specific communities, niche markets and functions. It is DWG's
position that so long as a given application for this category TLD adheres to
objective technical criteria and has a plan to properly regulate the
restriction parameters set forth by the application, said application should be
approved. Furthermore, there should be a universal contract for all approved
applicants (with slight variance tolerated only insofar as the uniqueness of
the respective applications otherwise require), because, conversely,
drastically divergent contracts will have the net effect of tacking on
additional criteria not established in the approval process.
DWG maintains that the best TLD category is the unsponsored, unrestricted
category. If ICANN truly represents the strength and interests of the broader
public, it is with this category that global community will be served -- and it
is with this category where genuine competition will be advanced. For this
reason, DWG looks forward to the next gTLD rollout, and trusts that ICANN will
establish a set of objective, unambiguous criteria by which all applications
might be evaluated. Additionally, we hope that ICANN will not put an artificial
lid on the number of applications that it will proffer to the US Department of
Commerce to approve for inclusion in the Internet root, such as was the case in
the 2000 "Proof of Concept" rollout.
It should come as no surprise that Dot Web Group supports the .Web zone above
all other gTLDs. The .Web gTLD is the most logical extension. Exceeding even
the collective limits of .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .pro, etc., it is open
to every participant across every conceivable venue. It signifies the Internet
itself, the connectivity of all peoples and the nature of all human activity.
Furthermore, as an Internet descriptor, "Web" has been thoroughly embraced by
the global culture, spanning every language and international populace.
DWG is a coalition of .Web registrants who are, collectively and respectively,
devoted to developing meaningful websites within the .Web zone once ICANN
includes Image Online Design?s .Web in the main Internet root. When .Web was
introduced in 1996, it possessed great potential. That potential is even more
relevant today as more people connect to the Internet and more entities create
a presence on the ?Web.?
.Web registrants join ICANN in recognizing Image Online Design as the pioneer
of the .Web gTLD. .Web registrants continue to express this recognition,
through registrations, for the purpose of diversifying the online experience.
Indeed, the .Web zone extends itself to the business community, not-for-profit
ventures, education, communications, art, integrated living and more.
Participants of every endeavor anxiously await the day they can participate in
the online culture, via .Web.
Dot Web Group