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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) US Seeks Bids to Run .us. Price: $0
    posted by michael on Wednesday May 30 2001, @05:38PM

    Anonymous, aka "Bruce", sends notice that NTIA and NIST have let it be known that they will be requesting bids for a "COORDINATION AND MANAGEMENT OF .US TOP LEVEL DOMAIN", i.e. the registry function in the .us domain. Not your ordinary RFQ (Request for Quotes), though....

    The notice in the Commerce Business Daily - the usual place to find announcements of government intentions to issue procurement orders or seek bids for contracts - has some interesting features that remind one a little of the original Verisign deal: Four year term, renewable, zero-cost-to-US contract, contractor will have the right to charge third parties, albeit with registrar/registry separation....surely history is not about to repeat itself?

    The official solicitation will be available June 11. It should offer more details, including perhaps what sort of intellectual property protections are required.

    [There are some legal arguments that the government might not be able to require the UDRP for the .us domain, as it would violate a particularly obscure US statute, the Administrative Dispute Resolution Act (ADRA), which states that "An agency may not require any person to consent to arbitration as a condition of entering into a contract or obtaining a benefit," 5 U.S.C. § 575(a)(3). This statute only applies to government programs, not to actions by private firms. To what extent, if any, it applies to programs run by government contracts remains unclear, and would probably depend on the extent to which the procurement required the arbitration system, and to what degree a reviewing court believed that the contractor was exercising a governmental function.]

    Here are some quotes from the recent announcement:

    • "solicitation will result in a single, no-cost (to the Government) purchase order for the work currently being performed on behalf of DOC NTIA in the usTLD and for future expansion of the services available in usTLD."
    • "The Contractor will be permitted to charge fees to third parties for performance of the requirements of the purchase order.
    • The purchase order will contain a base period of four years and two one-year options to extend the term of the contract.
    • "this request for proposals not only encompasses the existing functions of the usTLD, but also functions that will facilitate the registration of second level domains directly under the usTLD (such as example.us). Notwithstanding the fact that some of the administrative responsibilities for the locality-based usTLD structure require the registry to act as a registrar in certain limited circumstances, in order to encourage competition in domain name registration services, the Contractor will not be permitted to act as both the registry and a registrar in the expanded usTLD space."
    • "The competitive solicitation, solicitation amendments, and all questions and answers related to this procurement will be made available via the Internet at http://www.fedbizops.gov . The solicitation, SB1335-01-Q-0740, is anticipated for release to the vendor community on or about June 11, 2001 and will only be available via the Internet at the above web site. ... There is no written solicitation document available, telephone requests will not be honored, and no bidders list will be maintained. Potential offerors shall direct all questions concerning the solicitation via email only to Joseph.Widdup@nist.gov."
    This action by NTIA comes after a period of quiet on the .us front, and after considerable debate and uncertainty over the fate of the under-used and currently balkanized domain. References to some of the official documents are available at the NTIA. Note particularly the August 2000 RFC and the response by a coalition of non-profit bodies.

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    Re: US Seeks Bids to Run .us. Price: $0
    by tbyfield (reversethis-{moc.xinap} {ta} {dleifybt}) on Wednesday May 30 2001, @06:14PM (#696)
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    interesting, in light of ARPA's 20 nov 2000 announcement that "VeriSign Global Registry Services, a division of Network Solutions, Inc., will assume direct administration of the .US domain as of Tuesday, November 28, 2000" -- on the basis of roger cochetti's curiously undated letter to NTIA's karen rose asking her to "Please consider the contents of this letter as if you had received it prior to October 2, 2000."

    maybe verisign nabbed .us in order to give it up as a "concession," in the event that one would be needed.

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    Re: US Seeks Bids to Run .us. Price: $0
    by kodo (binaryloop@nospam.yahoo.com) on Friday June 01 2001, @02:36PM (#717)
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    This makes no sense at all. The DoC gave away DOT EDU without any sort of warning. Just a press realease saying that Michael Roberts former company (EDUCAUSE) would be taking over.

    And, here for DOT US ... they are accepting bids!?! What gives? Who gets to decide these sort of things? I think the DOT US CCtld is one of the biggest mistakes that has been made in the DNS Wars. It had so much potential -- look at .uk, .de or .au ... all are excellent examples of how to run a CCtld. But, for DOT US there was never a clear plan -- and look at the mess it has become.
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