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New.Net Campaigning to Fill ICANN Comment Board

  • To: stld-rfp-general@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: New.Net Campaigning to Fill ICANN Comment Board
  • From: Kevin Prescott <kevinprescott45@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 20:09:59 -0700 (PDT)

I thought the indpendent evaluators should see the shameless compaigning and 
threats by new.net below.  This is why there are so many comments in the last 
few days.  The reality is new.net is an alternate root.  To cave in to the 
alternate roots lobbying for grandfathering would be to encourage the huge 
growth of more alternate roots in the future.  If ICANN bends to the pressure 
of New.net, then I will start my own .shop, .sex, .arts or .inc alternate root 
tomorrow and lobby ICANN in the future to grandfather my names when someone 
applies for those names in the future.  
ICANN has already addressed this at:  
http://www.icann.org/icp/icp-3-background/lynn-statement-09jul01.htm.  Please 
do not stray from this policy.

> From: Dan Sheehy 

> Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2004 7:18 PM

> To: XXXX@xxxxxxx

> Subject: Avoid Confusion Surrounding Your .Travel Domain Name -- Here's


> You Can Help


> Dear XXX


> *** We are contacting you to encourage you, as a dotTravel domain name

> registrant, to urge ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and

> Numbers) to ensure that if a new .travel top-level domain is

> introduced that existing dotTravel customers around the world continue

> to have a place in the name space. It is also important to recognize

> that this issue could impact not only dotTravel name holders, but ALL

> Internet users, if a conflicting .travel name is released as it has

> the potential to cause consumer confusion and compromise Net stability

> -- principles that New.net has been dedicated to upholding since its

> inception over three years ago. ***


> For over three years, New.net's dotTravel registry has been

> successfully providing businesses in the travel industry, both large

> and small, with a compelling way to promote their services, reach new

> customers and enable customers to more easily find what they are

> looking for online. Businesses using dotTravel names are located

> throughout the U.S. and in many countries around the world, and

> dotTravel names have provided thousands of customers with innovative

> and more effective ways to use the Internet to support and enhance

> travel planning.


> As you may be aware, ICANN is in the process of considering adding new

> "sponsored" top-level domains (sTLDs) to the domain name system. The

> process for adding names to the ICANN system has faced considerable

> delays. The long delay in adding new top-level domains and the

> difficulty in reaching international agreement on new names is one of

> the main reasons that Internet leaders encouraged innovation in the

> domain name system. New.net responded to this challenge and has been

> a leading innovator in the domain name community, developing

> successful new TLDs including dotTravel since March 2001.


> Since 2003, New.net has been working toward a proposal to coordinate

> our dotTravel with the leading .travel applicant, a company called

> Tralliance. This proposal would avoid any customer confusion arising

> from adding the new extension without considering the nearly 175 million

> Internet users who already have access to dotTravel names. We have

> briefed ICANN and leading Internet policymakers in Washington on our

> proposed transition plan, and are prepared to move ahead with it

> immediately.


> Unfortunately, Tralliance has not responded to our proposal for

> coordinating the introduction of a new .travel in a way that 1) will

> not cause disruption for thousands of dotTravel customers, and 2) will

> not leave a 175 million user hole in ICANN's new .travel domain should

> ICANN choose to release a conflicting top-level domain. (If you're

> interested in learning more background about the history of these

> discussions, we encourage you to visit the New.net message board forum

> at www.new.net).


> *** We are writing to urgently enlist your support in our efforts to

> implement a transition plan for existing dotTravel customers to avoid

> any disruption of their businesses if a new .travel is introduced, and

> to oppose the creation of a new .travel until a transition plan

> protecting existing users is in place. ***


> ICANN must hear from those who will be affected by the lack of a clear

> transition plan BEFORE it approves a new .travel that lacks such a

> plan. Your comments must be received during the ICANN public comment

> period which ends on Friday, April 30, 2004. To submit comments,

> visit www.icann.org (then select the "New Sponsored TLD Applications"

> section) or go directly to:

> http://www.icann.org/tlds/stld-apps-19mar04/stld-public-comments.htm


> If you have any questions about this process or about the issues,

> please contact Brad Copeland at bradc@xxxxxxxx Otherwise, please

> post your comments to ICANN's public forum so your voice can be heard

> today.


> Thank you in advance for your help in this important effort.


> Sincerely,


> Dan Sheehy


> New.net, Inc.



> P.S. If you know anyone else who could be adversely impacted by the

> release of conflicting domain names, please forward this note and

> encourage them to participate in ICANN's public forum, too. In the

> event this issue does not receive the attention it deserves, we will

> be contacting you again shortly to advise you how to get in touch with

> key policymakers whom will be eager to hear your thoughts on

> this matter directly.

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