>> 1. Dot-web is
in the ORSC.
IOD neither supports them nor runs
them. The have NOTHING TO DO WITH ORSC. Additionally .WEB is in almost every alternative
root but has nothing to do with them. In addition they have publicly stated their
stand on a single authoritative root:
2. Dot-web already has customers who are not currently seen by the ICANN root (including
people taking corporate trademarks).
IOD "has customers" because they were originally
given permission to establish and test the .WEB registry by Jon Postel starting in
1995. Whether or not the "ICANN root" sees those customers has nothing to do with
the overwhelming evidence that IOD is ready and able to perform on the promises made
in their application.
FYI: Here is IOD's statement supporting a single authoritative
For immediate release, 12 July, 2001 - San Luis Obispo, California
Image Online Design - Public Policy Statement Supporting a Single, Authoritative
Public Root for the Internet Domain Name System (DNS).
Image Online Design, Inc.
(IOD), pioneer of the .Web Internet Domain Registry, actively, and openly, supports
a single, authoritative public root for the Internet Domain Name System (DNS) and
the management of that unique root in the public interest according to policies developed
through community processes. IOD is convinced this policy will benefit both consumers
and the Internet community.
IOD's involvement in the nascent stages of the DNS
expansion are well known. In fact, since working with Dr. Postel in 1995 to introduce
new Top Level Domain names, our sole mission has been - and remains - to operate
the .Web registry within the single, authoritative public root. Because the management
of the DNS must be in accord with the public interest and according to policies developed
through community processes, we actively supported ICANN's creation. Further, we
actively participate in ICANN public meetings, and in numerous ICANN various supporting
organizations and working groups. Today, we continue our efforts by working from
within the ICANN system, as a supportive participant. We support no other process.
IOD has provided stable and reliable registry services to more
than 20,000 customers since 1996. IOD has applied to ICANN to operate the .Web registry,
and will participate in future ICANN selection processes. Our growth over the years
is due to our belief in building upon mechanisms that will ensure protections for
all Internet users-not just our customers.
On May 28, 2001 ICANN President Stuart
Lynn posted a paper titled, Discussion Draft: A Unique, Authoritative Root for the
DNS, detailing ICANN's policy and affirming ICANN's commitment to a single, authoritative
public root for the Internet Domain Name System (DNS). Mr. Lynn's paper can be accessed
at http://www.icann.org/icp/icp-3.htm. The issue Mr. Lynn raises in his paper seems
to have polarized some within the community. During the ensuing dialog some comments
have incorrectly identified Image Online Design (IOD) as operating an alternative
root system in connection with its .Web registry. We would like to take this opportunity
to set these errors aside. IOD neither operates nor supports an alternative root
We are aware that operators of alternative roots include IOD's .Web registry
in their root server system - this inclusion is expected given the large number of
.Web customers. However, IOD has no agreements, tacit or otherwise, about the inclusion
of its .Web registry in any root server system. IOD's sole mission has been - and
remains - to operate the .Web registry within the single, authoritative public root
for the Internet Domain Name System (DNS).
IOD's experience in the market place
makes us acutely aware of conflicts that threaten the integrity of the Internet's
utility for consumers. Recent concerns have arisen about ICANN's apparent exclusive
and sluggish TLD selection process. Even though IOD has, at times, shared these concerns,
our leadership role moves us to ask the Internet community to continue to support
a single, authoritative public root, and the selection process for additional domain
names that will ultimately benefit both consumers and the community.
For additional information about IOD or this Public Policy Statement, please contact
Image Online Design by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.