Date: Thu, 6 Aug 1998 15:38:26 -0400 (EDT)

From: Sam saal <saal@IDT.NET>


Subject: .us domain name

The post office would like to use the Internet .us top level domain for US home addresses. The scheme would be something like

I strongly disagree with this plan.

In an era that is finally allowing telephone number portability - in which I can keep my 7 and possibly 10 digit phone number no matter where I move in the US - this use of the .us domain is portable only within the city.

Further, the .com internet domain is highly portable. It can move to a new IP address easily and is geographically invisible. could as easily be owned by a California company. Using the .us scheme is a step away from that mobile direction.

Sam Saal

Vayiphtach HaShem et Pea haAtone

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From: James Menotti <>

To: NTIA.NTIAHQ(usdomain)

Date: 8/9/98 3:06pm

Subject: concerning the Enhancement of the .us Domain Space, is a Request for Public Comment

While the public is free to comment on any issue related to the .us domain space, the Department is particularly interested in receiving input from the questions provided below:

1.How should the present geographic structure of .us be extended or modified? What changes should be made in RFC1480 or the posted policies for .us?

2.What are the benefits and costs of different options for allocating second-level domains under .us? How should the allocation of such second-level domains be decided and administered? What should be the terms of delegation?

3.Specifically, should special-purpose second-level domains be created under .us? What are the benefits and costs of creating particular special-purpose domains (e.g., industry-specific, credentialing, zoning)? How should such domains be created and administered? Are there reasons to map names and other addressing and identification systems (e.g., postal addresses, telephone numbers, longitude and latitude, uniform resource numbers or others) into .us?

4.Alternatively, should .us be treated as an unrestricted top-level domain like .com or should one or more specific second-level domains such as or be used for unrestricted assignment of domain names (as in .com)? How should such unrestricted domains be administered and by whom?

5.How should conflicting proposals and claims to manage or use .us subdomains be resolved? Who should have responsibility for coordinating policy for .us over the long term? What public oversight, if any, should be provided?

6.What rules and procedures should be used to minimize conflicts between trademarks and domain names under .us? Should this problem be treated differently at international, national, state, and local levels?Should special privileges be accorded to famous trademarks, such as a

right to register directly under .us or a procedure to preempt the use of the trademark in a range of subdomains?

7.What role should states play in the allocation and registration oftheir respective subdomains? Should commercial names be permitted under states as third-level domains? Or should such third-level domains be limited to special categories such as domestic corporations or other state-licensed entities? Should states and localities operate registries and accept registrations directly? To what extent should state policies be coordinated and through what mechanisms and procedures?

8.How well has the system of delegating third-level domains (localities) to private registrars on an exclusive basis worked? How could it be improved? Should registrars be accountable to their delegated localities (just as country-code registries are accountable to national governments)? Should registrars be limited to a single jurisdiction? Should multiple competing registrars be able to register under any local, state, or special-purpose domain under .us as in the plan proposed for generic Top-Level Domains?

9.How should the operation of the .us registry be supported? Should uniform registration (and renewal) fees be instituted? Should registrars contribute to the operation of the registry?

10.What are best management and allocation practices for country-code domains? What practices should be emulated or avoided?

11.By what type of entity should .us be administered? Private, governmental, or quasi-governmental? For profit or not-for-profit? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using one type of entity (private, public, for profit, not-for-profit) over the others?