From: S=paul.stanyer/C=US/A=INTERNET/DDA=ID/paul.stanyer(a)
Subject: Internet naming structures
Date: Sunday, March 15, 1998 5:03:54 EST
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Under-Secretary Mallett -

I'm relaxed about the US government taking a lead on internet naming structures, but I reckon it ought to understand why we in the European Union are nervous.

I run internet sites with French, Hungarian, German, Italian and Russian text. Believe you me, a web company that caters only for English customer will be out of business before you can blink.

Until the Dept of Commerce understands the multi-cultural dimension that is growing so fast, there is a risk that the net might be divided into old-net that caters for one-language English speaking countries like the USA, and new-net that caters for the rest of us.

Best wishes,

Paul Stanyer