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Username: mueller
Date/Time: Mon, July 3, 2000 at 8:09 PM GMT
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Subject: Evidence of the restricted availability of gTLD names

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"Q34: Has the inventory of useful and available domain names reached an unacceptably low level?

Yes."

"Let say this is a matter of taste."

Let's not. There is hard evidence regarding the availability of useful names in the gTLD space. A Wired article in April searched for dictionary words available in dot com and found only a handful. That was months ago. Millions of names have been registered since.

More significant evidence is the resale price of certain common words. If "business.com" resells for $7.5 million, what is that price based on? Certainly not the cost of maintaining a registration in the DNS database. In general, you see resales of domain names for $1000+ as a very common thing, the tremendous growth of a domain name aftermarket, recently joined by NSI itself, which auctions off com names as they expire. Nearly a million domain names are listed for sale on the GreatDomains broker site. What is this market based on, if not a shortage of available useful names?

The other simple answer to the question whether new TLDs are needed is this: if no one wants them, then no registries will supply them and no consumers will register them. All indications are that there are many willing registry applicants and hundreds of thousands of people/organizations willing to use their services.

 


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