Employ Media sTLD Charter Amendment
July 15, 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 USA RE: Dear Chairman Dengate Thrush and Members of the Board: I am writing on behalf of The Hour Publishing Company 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. Sincerely, Chet Valiante Chet Valiante Publisher & COO The Hour Publishing Company 346 Main Ave Norwalk, Ct 06851 email:cvaliante@xxxxxxxxxxx Office: 203-354-1010 Fax: (203) 354-1128 www.TheHour.com <http://www.thehour.com/> www.theStamfordTimes.com www.WiltonVillager.com Support your community! Buy Local. CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This message is the property of The Hour Newspapers. It may be legally privileged and/or confidential and is intended only for the use of the addressee's. No addressee should forward, print, copy, or otherwise reproduce this message in any manner that would allow it to be viewed by any individual not originally listed as a recipient. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any unauthorized disclosure, dissemination, distribution, copying or the taking of any action in reliance on the information herein is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately notify the sender and delete this message. Thank you.