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RE: Employ Media sTLD Charter Amendment

  • To: <jobs-phased-allocation@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: RE: Employ Media sTLD Charter Amendment
  • From: "Brian Heifferon" <BHeifferon@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 22:41:13 -0700

July 13, 2010

Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman
Members of the Board of Directors
International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
4676 Admiralty Way, Suite 330
Marina del Rey, CA 90292-6601

RE: Employ Media sTLD Charter Amendment

Dear Chairman Dengate Thrush and Members of the Board:

I am writing on behalf of [insert the name of your organization here], to urge 
you to reject Employ Media's request for authority to permit second level 
registration of strings that do not correspond to an employer's name in the 
.jobs sponsored top level domain. My organization would be directly and 
adversely affected by this request and therefore opposes the unilateral 
expansion of the .jobs charter to encompass regional and industry-specific 
second-level registrations.

Since 1993, the community of online employment service companies--job boards, 
associations, staffing firms, newspapers and other publications that operate 
job posting and/or resume search databases--has effectively served working men 
and women and employers worldwide. These same organizations have also 
significantly improved the career prospects of veterans, minorities, 
disadvantaged persons and those affected by natural disasters such as Hurricane 
Katrina. They have, in every respect, acted as "the Sources of Success," the 
trademark of the International Association of Employment Web Sites 
(http://www.employmentwebsites.org), their only industry trade association.

This community is now threatened by the proposed expansion of the .jobs top 
level domain (TLD). The charter holder is attempting to extend the application 
of the TLD from its approved community--direct employers--into the online 
employment services community by introducing geocentric (i.e., Atlanta.jobs, 
NewYork.jobs, Athens.jobs) and occupation specific (i..e, nurse.jobs, 
salesperson.jobs, systemsanalyst.jobs) web sites. It now has a proposal to 
implement this plan before the governing board of the Internet Corporation for 
Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN).

This proposal violates both the spirit and the letter of the charter holder's 
contract with ICANN. No less important, it will grievously harm the online 
employment services community and therefore my organization by confusing the 
job seekers and employers who have long been the customers of the community.


Brian Heifferon
AfterCollege, Inc.
415-263-1300 x111

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