DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
NATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION ADMINISTRATION
Docket No. 980212036-9125-05
Enhancement of the .us Domain Space, Notification of Open Electronic Mailing List for Public Discussions Regarding the Future Management and Administration of the .us Domain Space
AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: Notification is hereby given that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has established an open electronic mailing list for public discussions regarding the future management and administration of the .us domain space. Participation in the mailing list is open to all members of the public interested in discussing the issue.
DATES: The mailing list(1) will remain open until August 12, 1999.
ADDRESSES: To subscribe to the mailing list, send an electronic
firstname.lastname@example.org and in the body of the message type: join us-list.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Rose, NTIA/OIA, (202) 482-1866. For technical inquires, contact email@example.com
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 4, 1998, NTIA published "Request for Comments on the Enhancement of the .us Domain Space," 63 Fed. Reg. 41547 (1988) (also posted at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/usrfc/dotusrfc.htm). The RFC sought comments regarding the future administration and management of the .us domain space. That comment period was extended on August 24 to afford interested parties a full opportunity to address the issues on which NTIA solicited public comment. See 63Fed. Reg. 45800 (1998).
On March 9, 1999, NTIA hosted a public meeting regarding the future management and administration of the .us domain. See 64 Fed. Reg. 6633 (1999). Approximately 60 participants attended the meeting, including the current .us administrator, current .us registrars, educators, representatives of the technical, public interest and business communities, state government officials, officials from Federal Government and representatives of foreign governments. The discussions focused on four main topics: 1) the current administration of the .us domain space, 2) issues and opportunities facing the current and future management of .us, 3) possible models for future .us management, and 4) possible next steps for going forward. See http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/dotusagenda.htm. The meeting resulted in a thoughtful and constructive exchange of ideas about range of issues regarding current and future .us management. Meeting participants were strongly in favor of engaging in further discussions and requested that NTIA establish an electronic mailing list to help facilitate the interchange. This notice announces that NTIA has set up the electronic mailing list.
In an effort to afford the public an open
forum in which to freely discuss the broad range of issues regarding the
.us domain space, NTIA will not actively moderate the mailing list, but
staff will follow the discussions. NTIA requests, however, that participants
keep discussions focused on issues related to the future management and
administration of the .us domain space. Digest archives of mailing list
discussions may be posted periodically on the NTIA web site at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/domainname/domainhome.htm.
The views expressed in the mailing list are not necessarily endorsed by
the Department of Commerce or NTIA. Moreover, the Department of Commerce
and NTIA reserve the right not to post comments that the Department of
Commerce or NTIA deems inappropriate.
Acting Chief Counsel