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Proposed .travel TLD & New.net

  • To: <stld-rfp-travel@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Subject: Proposed .travel TLD & New.net
  • From: "Bin" <bin@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 1 May 2004 00:02:48 +0100
  • Importance: High
  • Organization: My-Spam
  • Reply-to: <ebay@xxxxxxxxxxx>

Three years ago New.net made the clear decision to introduce specific consumer-oriented domain extensions and purposely avoided extensions that would cause a conflict in the DNS and serviced the need for more specific website addresses.


New.net have built up their business with support of multiple ICANN accredited registrars, webmasters, companies and netizens and currently provide access to their domain extensions to nigh on 175m users. If a .travel TLD was to be introduced by ICANN and operated by an industry led group there will clearly be a DNS collision with all the sites developed by New.netters already providing travel content in competition with the big boys.


The numerous companies and individuals who bought .travel, and indeed .xxx, domains from New.net and have developed them into revenue generating sites should not be ignored. The Tralliance proposal certainly appears very protective with a ream of conditions and exclusions for registrants to satisfy which may not be as easy for a one-man-band start-up versus Opodo or Orbitz. As others in this forum have said, with all the proposed restrictions, who will decide on who get what domain – someone who has the most muscle in the alliance?


I believe that if ICANN introduces the .travel TLD, all existing New.net .travel domains should be grandfathered over. Alternatively, reject Tralliance’s proposal and invite New.net to operate a registry for the .travel TLD.


Dave Mitchell


Webmaster & Mobile Solutions

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