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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) .bank.nz Is Not To Be
    posted by michael on Wednesday April 04 2001, @04:01AM

    Adam Creed, Newsbytes, New Zealand Online Vote Fails To Approve New Bank Domain notifies us that although a majority of those voting supported it, .bank.nz narrowly failed to reach the 70% [!] approval vote needed.

    New Zealand's ccTLD held its first ever "Straw Poll" to determine local support for the creation of a new second-level Internet domain in the .nz ccTLD. The vote produced 65.47% in favor. But, ISOCNZ's rule required 70%, so the proposal from local banks failed. Only 391 votes were cast. ISOCNZ's page on the ballot and consultation is here.

    A 70% threshhold seems high, although the proposal involved not simply creating the second-level domain (SLD), but also delegating control over the SLD to a local Bankers' Association.

    What is a reasonable threshold in such cases? Majority? Substantial minority? Super-majority? Certainly a sub-delegation is a more serious step than simply creating a SLD. Readers' pointers to any discussion that set the 70% rule would be welcome.

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    Re: .bank.nz Is Not To Be
    by dpf (dpf@ihug.co.nz) on Wednesday April 04 2001, @01:08PM (#496)
    User #2770 Info | http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/
    The 70% rule comes from the IAHC era in 1997. It looked like (back then) some new gTLDS were going to be added and the question arose should *.nz automatically add them on as 2LDs under NZ, should we have no change or should we allow unlimited 2LDs.

    A working group was set up to recommend what if any new 2LDs should be created. The WG in the end did not recommend creating at that stage any new 2Lds but instead proposed a formal process for future applications wich is at http://www.isocnz.org.nz/dns/dns970521future-dev.html

    The proposal was subject to consultation with the NZ Internet community and adopted basically without objection in 1997.

    bank.nz has been the first proposal (maori.nz is due soon) and personally it is a pity it did not suceed. I do think 70% is a bit too high but would be comfortable with 2/3rds. As new 2LDs are effectively permament I believe having more than a simple majority in favour is sensible.

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