### Number: 131 From: Rick Gordon firstname.lastname@example.org> To: NTIADC40.NTIAHQ40(dns) Date: 7/22/97 1:10am Subject: extentions YES! YES! YES! Please add more extentions.As a new business owner with the business having it's own domain name,i can see the need for more extentions.I couldn't get the name that i wanted because it was in use,with more extentions maybe i could have had the one that i wanted. Thanks for asking. ### Number: 132 From: Rob Cummings email@example.com> To: NTIADC40.NTIAHQ40(dns) Date: 7/22/97 12:46pm Subject: Could Keywords replace domain names? Please take a look at http://www.keyword.com, a new site, and a new concept in internet navigation. Keyword.com takes users to sites (and better yet, any specific page on a site) without ".this" and ".that" and without extensions i.e. "/name.index.htm". All users need to go to a site is a word, phrase, name or number. And these "keywords" can be of any length with any punctuation. This eliminates the current restrictions of the internic registry. Keyword.com works just like the phone book. Why can't the internet work the same way? Certainly there are two companies called "Acme" in the phone book, yet one lists itself as "Acme Computers" and the other lists itself as "Acme Carpet". The phone book never needed extensions. As a "find" engine, keyword.com takes users who know where they want to go, directly to the page they want to go to. Since this is the case, registrants automatically register the most descriptive keyword to take users to their site or page. Furthermore, with all the talk about new suffixes and alternate registries, a registered keyword could continue to send users to a site or page regardless of what happens with the domain name issue. HERE'S HOW KEYWORDS WORK Any word or phrase can replace the URL to send consumers directly to any web site or page. Keyword.com works with all browsers and requires no additional software.Keywords are registered by advertisers as well as those with personal pages who want to make their names easier to remember and mre accessible. Here*s one example: In its print/radio/television ads and on the internet, Volvo promotes the tag: *for more information, go to keyword.com and enter *Volvo S70* or "Volvo V90". By entering either keyword (*Volvo S70* or "Volvo V90") at keyword.com, consumers go directly to the specific page related to that Volvo model. By entering "Volvo" alone, they go directly to Volvo's home page without having to enter or remember www.volvo.com. A slogan or a special offer might send consumers to a page associated with a special promotion. Keyword.com's keywords can send consumers to any page on the Volvo site which is associated with the keyword Volvo selects. Without keyword.com, Volvo can only send consumers to their home page. Here's another example: Catalogs can now send consumers directly to any page on a web site for more information, or a larger or more detailed photo of the product. Here's how it works: The words "go to keyword.com and type "product name" or "catalog number" for more information" are added to the product description. By entering the appropriate keyword, consumers go directly to the specific web page related to that specific product. A slogan or a special offer might send consumers to a web page associated with a special promotion. Keyword.com's keywords can send consumers to any page on the site which is associated with the keyword the catalog producer selects. Without keyword.com, the catalog producer can only send consumers to their home page. Here's a third example: A shared site can now be neatly divided without the necessity of lengthy and confusing extensions. A page on www.shared.com can be accessed with a single word or phrase, acting as if it were the main page of a URL. Without keyword,com the address will likely look like www.home.shared.com/~username/index.html. Since there are no restrictions on character length or punctuation, keywords can be very descriptive. Since this is the case, there should be fewer problems with registrants obtaining a unique keyword since there are more options available. There are many other applications. See http://www.keyword.com/faqs.htm and click on "What Can I Do With keywords?" to see other ways sites use keywords. Advertisers pay a small fee of $75. to register keywords on keyword.com*s automated keyword registry. Information and registration are available at http://www.keyword.com. In Netscape, consumers can enter "keyword" alone. Please comment. Rob Cummings/Keyword.com 714-249-2519 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ### Number: 133 From: Rudy Nadilo email@example.com> To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'"
Date: 7/22/97 11:29am Subject: The US Domain Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the naming confusion surrounding the use of .COM. The situation will only get worse, as the name limitations of the .COM structure continue. But, a simple solution exists that everyone is ignoring. The .US Domain... According to the US Census 95% of American households have a phone. Just as everyone needs conventional mail addresses and telephone numbers, everyone will need an E-mail address, for both personal use (at home) and for business use (at work). The .COM is by far the most common and widely used Internet Top Level Domain. However, the "real" domain for the United States, is .US. This domain was established, prior to the .COM, under International agreement that Internet domains for all countries would operate under the international two-digit ISO country code. The US Domain is an official top-level domain in the DNS of the Internet community. The US Domain Registry at the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California (ISI) administers it, under the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA). US is the ISO-3166 2-letter country code for the United States and thus the US Domain is established as a top-level domain and registered with the InterNic the same way as are other country domains. During the rush by businesses to develop and market via the Internet, the Top Level Domain .US was overshadowed by the highly promoted Top Level Domain .COM. Several issues that have held back awareness and use of the .US domains are: Internet purists promoted the .COM as a way to identify, control and isolate the commercial users of the Internet during the early development in the 90's. Many of the initial Internet service providers (ISP's), and "techies" who were guiding the development preferred the three digit suffix as it easily fit their programming and file naming convention, eight characters followed by three. (i.e.: letter.doc) The US Domain Registrar initially had restrictions that prohibited any commercial use of the .US. These barriers have been relaxed and the US domain is now actively being promoted and implemented by ISP's as an alternative, and more logical domain for local communities, residents and businesses and the Internet in general. Why the .US Domain is Better The viability of the .COM address is rapidly diminishing. This is because only one unique series of characters can exist and the ability for a business or individual to register their name in the .COM domain is becoming close to impossible. For businesses (or individuals) who seek to have a Web Site presence on the Internet, it is almost impossible for a company to register their actual brand name. This has forced companies to create less than appropriate addresses, making themselves hard to locate and their address difficult to recall. A good example is The Coca-Cola Company; coke.COM and coca-cola.COM are not owned by Coca-Cola. The company had to settle for the domain coca.COM as their Internet corporate address. For individuals seeking an E-mail address, current E-mail addresses are extremely confusing with no logical way to identify the E-mail address with the person. Examples of typical addresses; email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc. The .US domain represents are better, more intuitive, more logical addressing system because it is based upon geography. People, by nature, are geographically oriented: we live or work at a specific location we address our mail based upon geographic location we can find people and businesses by geographic location (their address) we seek and recall phone numbers by geographic orientation ("area" codes are a numeric representation of a geographic location) we identify things and people by their geographic locations (Northeast, Southwest, West Coast, East Coast) .US Domain based Web Site Domain Examples: www.rayspizza.chicago.il.us www.rayspizza.nyc.ny.us www.rayspizza.mystic.ct.us www.acme.shelton.ct.us www.applied.software.norwalk.ct.us Note that unlike the .COM domain where there could only be one (1) RaysPizza, there can be multiple domains for RaysPizza since each address has a unique geographic designation. .US Domain based E-mail Address Examples: email@example.com.US firstname.lastname@example.org.US email@example.com.US firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Again, note that unlike the .COM domain where there could only be one (1) John Smith within each domain, there can be multiple E-mail accounts for RaysPizza since each address has a unique geographic designation. The .US domain structure is implemented world-wide and allows anyone to register a unique personalized domain and related email address, without conflict or dependency on a commercial domain belonging to another party. There is no similar product in the marketplace and there will be none in the future. There can only be one US Geographic Domain simply because the domains are based on the state and local address. The .US Domain allows every community, and every individual and business within the community, to be able to have their own "personalized" intuitive domain and E-mail addressing without conflict. Clearly, the .US Domain naming system and structure are FAR superior to the cumbersome limitations imposed by the .COM structure. We are the only country in the World that uses .COM. It's time we woke up, joined the rest of the world and utilized the best Internet naming structure around. The .US Domain. Sincerely, Rudy Nadilo firstname.lastname@example.org ### Number: 134 From: Foodie & Family beatrice@MO.NET> To: NTIADC40.NTIAHQ40(dns) Date: 7/22/97 11:55pm Subject: New Domain Reg. Authorities First of all, to allow Network Solutions to continue as the sole authority it a BLATANT anti-trust problem. Second, Network Solutions is ANYTHING but a friendly company. I would INSTANTLY switch authorities, were this option available. Regardless of the NS problems in the customer service arena, I wish to restate the anti-trust problem: They has a literal (not even a "virtual") monopoly on this, and they have already shown a VERY willing propensity to abuse that position. To allow it to continue, ESPECIALLY with Gov't assistance, is itself criminal. [Image]email@example.com ### 07-24-97