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Comment on proposed auction of single-character names

  • To: allocation-framework@xxxxxxxxx
  • Subject: Comment on proposed auction of single-character names
  • From: Antony Van Couvering <avc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2008 15:21:12 -0400

Good idea! Why not? No-one is using them anyway, and with gas prices the way they are the ICANN community could really use the money.

But hang on, why doesn't ICANN auction off *all* gTLD domain names for the good of the community?

If we did that, we could get rid of those annoying registries with their high-priced lawyers and expensive contract negotiations, and those spam-offending, UDRP-breaching, $6000-chihuahua-owning registrars to boot. And that would mean fewer constituencies and Board members and captivating MP3 recordings of budget meetings in 12 languages!

Now why were one-character domains reserved in the first place?

All we know is this: "B. Additional Second-Level Reservations. In addition, the following names shall be reserved at the second level: All single-character labels." (See http://www.icann.org/tlds/agreements/unsponsored/registry-agmt-appk-03mar01.htm)

It actually is a good idea, but any plan to auction one-character names must be accompanied by a rationale of why they were disallowed in the first place, and an explanation of why that reasoning has changed. ICANN has a history, and it should justify its decisions not only in the light of its present circumstances, but its past adjudications as well.

Antony Van Couvering

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