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Employ Media sTLD Charter Amendment

  • To: <jobs-phased-allocation@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Employ Media sTLD Charter Amendment
  • From: "Sue Booth" <sueb@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Jul 2010 09:44:33 -0400

We at Net-Temps are writing to object to Employ Media's request for
authority to sell .jobs TLD registrations that do not correspond to an
employer's name,
Net-Temps, as well as other long standing and reputable internet jobs
boards, would be directly and adversely affected should this request be
approved.    This would also create a monopoly for Employ Media and give
them an unfair advantage in the marketplace.   US antitrust laws prohibit
anti-competetive practices and their is no question in our mind allowing
them to control all .jobs TLD domains would be in violation of those laws.
I quote below from a Steven Rothberg, owner of College Recruiter, and an
experienced and knowlegeable observer of our industry:
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

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. 

Sue Booth
VP Marketing
978-251-7272 x449

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