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Input on new gTLDs & stability

  • To: new-gtlds-dns-stability@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Input on new gTLDs & stability
  • From: Danny McPherson <danny@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2008 07:43:51 -0700

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This message is in response to your solicitation for public comment on DNS Stability: The Effect of New gTLDs on the Internet Domain Name System, provided here:


The IAB, in reviewing these materials has one concern beyond those
already provided by the GNSO.  The one concern is that in a number
of environments the use of certain domain suffixes (e.g., .local) is
common.  Although the use of these suffixes is not standardized, nor
are these suffixes registered in any manner, the introduction of such
suffixes could lead to instability.

We also observe that while a terse reference to RFC 2606 is provided
in the Glossary section of the ICANN GNSO "Final Report on Introduction
of New Generic Top-Level Domains", the reserved names themselves
are not all included in the document, nor are they included in the "DNS
Stability:  The Effect of New Generic Top Level Domains on the Internet
Domain Name System" document itself.

We would recommend that an appropriate technical ICANN committee
(RSAC, RSTEP or SSAC) would assess, for each new gTLD proposed,
if said gTLD would cause technical problems.

Danny McPherson
/on behalf of the IAB

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