From: <mikehack@juno.com>
To: NTIADC40.NTIAHQ40(dns)
Date: 2/14/98 5:11pm
Subject: The US Government must get itself out of all Internet "Domain Name" Registration -- this is the responsibility of the ITU (www.itu.ch)

The US Government must get itself out of all Internet "Domain Name"
registration regulation -- this is and always will be the responsibility
of the ITU [International Telecomm Union - www.itu.ch] to regulate these
matters by its cooperation seeking oversight of the whole entire telecomm
process.

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From: "Friedrich Kisters" <kisters@tele-net.ch>
To: NTIADC40.NTIAHQ40(dns)
Date: 2/14/98 6:40pm
Subject: Comment on the DISCUSSION DRAFT 1/30/98

Dear Sir, dear Madam

In my eyes competition should not become lottery or mere speculation.

That is the impression I get from the way you can pre-register new gTLDs with each of the 88 registrars of the CORE, asking up to 10'000.-$ for so called premium-services, without a real guarantee that you get the name you have tried to register.

This is no competition, but this policy will prevent competition. Small companies will not be able to pay such sums with several of the 88 registries in order to obtain a real chance of getting the name they would like to.

The new domain names do not make sense, if good names are only accessable to an elite-group of companies and allow the registrars - if I am not wrong - to sell the same name 88 times before figuring out through a lottery system, who will be the lucky one to finally own it.

This would be good for speculation and for very few people becoming rich quickly, but it would be bad for the internet as such.

Compare it with a serious, cheap registry/ar like www.webtld.com , registering .web on the sense-making first-come, first served basis for something like 30-35.-$/name ... It is a good example of correct business-policy and I wish them to get access to the "A" root server as soon as possible.

As you write, it seems important to me that the new system:

Allows multiple competing registrars to have secure access (with encryption and authentication) to the database on an equal (first-come, first-served) basis

and that:

Each top-level domain (TLD) database will be maintained by only one registry and, at least initially, each new registry can host only one TLD.

So people who register a name can at least rely on getting it without any lottery or speculation-system and there will be enough competition possible.

Thank you for reading this short comment!

Best reards

Friedrich Kisters

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