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Username: InternetAdvocate
Date/Time: Thu, June 14, 2001 at 2:57 AM GMT
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Subject: CCTLD's are TOO SHORT.  Here's why!


Two-letter CCTLD's are limited to 676 (26x26) countries and territories [including nonsensical abbreviations].  Add 260 for CCTLD's ending in a single digit [rather than a letter].  The limit is still 936.  What happens when the total number of internet-enabled countries and territories exceed 936?

Four-letter codes [with some three-letter exceptions such as .usa, .mex, .can] will resolve that problem easily.

If .brit were mapped onto .uk [and .can mapped onto .ca], etcetera, than companies could continue to use the current CCTLD's, or the new CCTLD's, or both CCTLD's in their marketing.  By attrition and market preference, the new CCTLD's would be used more [over time] and the old CCTLD's would be used less over time [and eventually fade away].


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