From: Vik Olliver /NZ <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: DNS <email@example.com>
Date: 2/1/98 2:54am
Subject: .moon or .luna Top-Level Domain Name
I for one would like to support the creation of a .luna domain name. In
times to come, the designation .moon could be considered ambiguous.
The organisation with which I am associated (Artemis, currently
http://www.asi.org) could be in the position to use this domain name in the
not too distant future.
From: "Richard C. Bartel" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 2/1/98 12:12pm
Subject: Comment attached from Richard C. Bartel, PO Box 70805, Chevy Chase, Md. 20813 (HTML and TXT): Should be regulated under FCC Part 52
From: Rob Buckman <3RI@fwbnet.com>
To: "'email@example.com'" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 2/1/98 2:34pm
Subject: Comments on Discussion Draft 1/30/98
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February 1, 1998
MEMORANDUM FOR: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Subject: Comments on "A Proposal to Improve Technical Management of Internet Names and Addresses - Discussion Draft 1/30/98"
1. I am the owner of a small web page development business and offer the following comments and recommendations for your consideration at it relates to the issue of top-level domain (TLD) competition.
2. There can be no debating that open season (read: commercialization) on TLDs will have a chaotic, "El Niño" effect. One need look no farther than the perpetual, senseless creation of Usenet newsgroups to recognize what would happen to the Internet. No further evidence or experience -- as suggested in the Draft -- is necessary.
3. Additionally, the current Uniform Resource Locator (URL) format is structured semi-intuitively. For example, it doesn't take the educated guess of a rocket scientist to figure out that the URL for IBM is www.ibm.com, or Ford, www.ford.com. Competitive domain naming will cause this intuitiveness (read: common sense) to be forever lost.
4. RECOMMENDATION. Allow top-level domains to be determined (with public input) and managed by the "new corporation," not by commercial entities. In this litigation-bent society, it will not benefit anyone but lawyers to have Ford, Mazda, Chevrolet, and Toyota fight for years over the domain name, ".truck," or ".auto." Freedom and innovation can (and does) exist within the perimeters of the current system and will continue to thrive with TLDs managed by the proposed new corporation. Also, functionally grouped TLDs will be much more intuitive than geographical (e.g., .us) grouping considering the Internet's global nature. If a user wants to access the Ford web site, the user should not have to know the location of that web site. It could be anywhere.
5. ALTERNATIVE RECOMMENDATION. Allow businesses to have their company name as their TLD. IBM would be www.ibm, or Microsoft, www.microsoft. It's certainly intuitive and may circumvent eons of litigation in the likely case both wanted the domain name of, ".computer." For those that do not want their own TLD, use a standard such as ".com." The new corporation should manage these TLDs, giving preference to established businesses such as the ones used in the examples, above.
Rob Buckman, Owner
3RI Computer Services
From: Hugh Caldwell <email@example.com>
Date: 2/1/98 3:36pm
Subject: Discussion draft 1/30/98
A PROPOSAL TO IMPROVE TECHNICAL MANAGEMENT OF INTERNET NAMES AND ADDRESSES
On page 5, I find the following:
" As these functions are now performed in the United States, the new
corporation will be headquartered in the United States ... "
I consider this a contentious issue and don't believe that the United States
is, without discussion, the best place for the headquarters of the new body.
Is it really supposed that there will be, or should be, global acquiescence
on this point?
Clos du Cinquantenaire 2-B8
tel: +32 75 46 38 01
fax:+32 2 7336408
From: Ed Stapleton <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 2/1/98 4:05pm
Subject: Proposed Government involvement in the internet DNS process
This proposal sound like MORE, instead of less, government meddling!
Date: 2/1/98 6:17pm
Subject: Washington state congressmen
I am writing on behalf of a request that I have and need from you if you have
any assistance to my request please respond rather quickly. I am wanting and
needing an e-mail address for the Washington STATE congressmen. I have
questions concerning my local area and at times I need assistance on behalf of
business's part. So please respind and I wish you the best of luck in all your
up coming events. Thank you for any help or instruction you may beable to
grant me with.
with best regards,
Sara R. Smith