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Old TLD space, New TLDs
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  • Subject: Old TLD space, New TLDs
  • From: "Foster" <email@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2003 14:08:12 -0800
  • Reply-to: "Foster" <email@xxxxxxxxxxx>

Before anyone considers new TLDs, why not
investigate the percentages of existing TLD, second
level domains that are actually used, for each TLD. There
seem to be hundreds if not thousands or millions that are
not used at this time. It seems to me that the most intelligent
way to make names available, while inhibiting speculative
purchasing, is to advance the mechanism of geographic
stratification that was used for the .us TLD prior to making
second level names so broadly available. In other words
keep the existing system (myname.us) but also enable
easy registration and use of names by geographic subdivision.
(myname.ny.us, myname.ny.ny, etc.) Of course the speculators
would not like this since to hoard all of a popular term, such as
"football", would require trying to register "football" under each, state,
county, city and town. Better yet, restrict such registrations to
residents of such geographic designations. This might even cut down
on the abuses of domains, addresses, and email since accountability
should be better and filtering could be more specific. Better search
habits might even be encouraged as folks become more geography
conscious. Why not do this then see if there is much significant
real demand for new TLDs.
 
 
Foster Taft

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