07-22-97 Electronic Filings on Internet Domain Names

Number: 131
From:      Rick Gordon stilgar@doitnow.com>
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 robio@earthlink.net>
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.

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.


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"

Please comment.

Rob Cummings/Keyword.com
e-mail: robio@earthlink.net

Number: 133
From:      Rudy Nadilo rudy.nadilo@norwalk.ct.us>
To:        "'dns@ntia.doc.gov'" 
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 

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; hdavie@mmgroup.com, kballard@aol.com, 
carlson@ct2.nai.net, mcd@connix.com, 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:


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:


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.


Rudy Nadilo

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
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.