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    Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) .la goes home!
    posted by michael on Friday December 27 2002, @11:12AM

    msr986 writes "I Just received the following email from Sterling. It seems the Lao Government has decided to run the .la registry themselves, despite a seven year contract with Sterling!

    [Editor's note: It's alleged below that ICANN (aka IANA) redelegated .la without ever getting a comment from Sterling, described as the incumbent operator. However, this allegation needs to be read in the context of the statement in the redelegation report that despite whatever contracts it may have had with the Laotian government, Sterling was never actually the official incumbent. Whatever the justice and the equities here, and I'm not certain where they are, one thing is clear: we would all be better off it ICANN were to give public notice of redelegation requests for comment from all interested parties, rather then getting comment in private -- inevitably missing some that would be relevant. ICANN's failure to undertake this task of ccTLD administration in an open and transparent manner is simply shameful -- whatever the justice of this case. -mf]"

    Dear .la Registrants,

    On 11 December 2002 ICANN announced its decision to re-delegate the ccTLD .la to the Lao Government, specifically the Lao National Internet Committee (LANIC). DotLA and Sterling were not aware that this change was being contemplated by ICANN or IANA, and we were not contacted by ICANN/IANA for our comments either before or after ICANN made its decision.

    By way of background, Sterling signed a contract with the Lao government in 2000 for exclusive rights to operate and market the .la domain for 7 years, and Sterling's .la registry operations successfully began in December 2000.

    In good faith, Sterling has invested over $3M, nearly $1M of it going directly to the Lao's for the license and a Lao Internet gateway and system, to develop, operate and market the .la registry and domain.

    As you can imagine, we are greatly disappointed with ICANN's and LANIC's unilateral decision. When we became aware of this, we Immediately contacted ICANN and sent our comments to them in writing. As of today, ICANN has yet to respond to our letter, and the .la name servers were changed on December 20th, 2002.We are currently investigating our legal options.

    From the beginning, Sterling has expressed its concern and desire that the current .la registrants be fully protected during this process. ICANN indicated that it believes that .la registrants should not be effected by this change, based on input it received from LANIC. As Sterling no longer has control of the .la registry and LANIC's plans have not been communicated to us, we have no way of knowing if that is the case. If you experience any difficulties with your .la service you should contact LANIC, who has taken responsibility for the .la registry, at www.la or support@register.la. You should also be aware that LANIC has diverted all Sterling .la email addresses to them, so if you wish to communicate with Sterling please do so using the sterling@i-DNS.net.

    We apologise if this change creates any inconvenience to you.

    Sterling Management

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    Banana republic domains
    by dag on Tuesday January 07 2003, @01:08AM (#10905)
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    That's to be expected when you register banana republic domains. You're at the mercy of some regime, somewhere.
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