From: Russell Nelson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 8/14/98 3:14pm
Subject: existing, and new
You should definitely grandfather in all existing users of the .us space.
With that as a given, you should add a mapping from .gov.us to the
existing .gov, .mil.us to .mil, and .edu.us to .edu. In time, those
users should migrate to the .us form of their address. New
registrations should be only allowed in the .us form.
Trademarks should go in .FOO.tm.us, where FOO is the USPTO category of
the trademark. In this manner, every US trademark owner has a space
reserved for them in the DNS. There are no conflicts to be resolved
-- the registrar defers to the decision of the court for trademark
Geographic names are a crock. Nobody wants to use them. No reason
why the U.S. Postal Service should be involved. None at all.
Instead, create any number of numeric domains (.####.us) under which
anybody can register other numeric (and only numeric) domains, AND
which has a www.us web server which has a search engine to find
companies. The U.S. Department of Commerce runs the nameserver,
automated delegation program, and automated search engine. It goes to
www.####.####.us, downloads "keywords.txt", and adds the first hundred
words (or whatever) to the search engine. All automated, all cheap to
I believe that Postel proposed something like this a few years ago. I
liked it then. I like it now.
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