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Concerning the RFP or Expression of Interest Model for Single Character Domain Allocation

  • To: <allocation-framework@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Concerning the RFP or Expression of Interest Model for Single Character Domain Allocation
  • From: "Hoover, Carolyn" <CHoover@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Jul 2008 18:14:00 -0400

As noted in the posting by Caroline Greer of .mobi, the .coop TLD has
proposed a model for allocating single character domain names that would
require the requesting registrant to provide information concerning
their use of the domain to ensure that the domain will be actively used
by the interested registrant in a manner that will be of value to the
co-operative community.  

dotCoop does not plan to sell these names for more than the normal price
and therefore would not profit (other than our standard fees) from the
sale of these domains because we want to be able to ensure that co-ops
that can use the names to the best purpose for the community can compete
equitably with those that may have more funds available.  That approach
is better aligned with the co-operative principles which are the primary
focus of our charter.

However, dotCoop understands that other registries may propose other
models for handling the distribution and sale of these domains and
supports these registries in identifying the model that is most
appropriate for them and their communities or registrants.  

As noted in the Framework Document, there is room for different models.
And with the Registry Services Request Process providing opportunity for
comment from the Internet community, the appropriate method for each TLD
will likely be identified whether it is an auction, through RFP's or by
another process not yet proposed.   


Carolyn T. Hoover
Chief Executive Officer
DotCooperation LLC

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