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Username: bezzant
Date/Time: Thu, March 1, 2001 at 11:09 PM GMT (Fri, March 2, 2001 at 9:09 AM EAST)
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Subject: gTLD's and the New York City Telephone Yellow Pages


        Greetings to ICANN and the Internet Community,

Can't we find a way to eliminate the Top Level Domain system entirely?  Coming up with more TLD's will create more confusion on the Internet. This year we are doubling the number of gTLD's.  Next year double again. By this process, we can reasonably expect to see as many gTLD's as there are classification headings in the New York City Telephone Yellow Pages, multiplied by 20 or so languages and character sets.  Will that be a true improvement to the Internet and it's functionality?  Will companies and organizations find it easier to make their presence known on the Internet with that many gTLD's to struggle with?

TLD's are unique to the Internet, and are an anachronism from the time of first conceptualization of Domain Name Service. Why should any company or organization need to have a ".com" appended to it's name?  Why ""? Why not "cocacola", or "Coca-Cola" or "Coca Cola"?  gTLD's do NOT have a viable future on today's Internet.  Perhaps ccTLD's DO have, because they do have a relationship to the real physical companies and organizations who have registered the domain names, and they do have a parallel in the "Real World" with its postal addresses and physical locations.

But perhaps there is another solution to be discovered which transcends the TLD method of Domain Name Service that is used in today's Internet.  I urge ICANN and the Internet Community to search for and discover another alternative to gTLD's, and possibly even to ccTLD's, which will carry Domain Name Service into the next decade of Internet expansion, or which will entirely replace Domain Name Service as it is today.

I urge ICANN to adopt such a policy before the number of gTLD's equals the number of classifications in the New York City Telephone Yellow Pages.

Thank you.

Bill Bezzant
Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands

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