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    .edu .EDU Eligibility Registration Requirements Lessened
    posted by tbyfield on Wednesday March 19 2003, @02:36PM

    dmehus writes "According to this press release, which is about a month old but has never been reported by ICANNWatch, the U.S. Department of Commerce and EDUCAUSE, the designated Registry Sponsor of the .EDU sTLD, have lessened the eligibility requirements to register a domain name ending in .EDU.

    To briefly summarize, it was previously required that post-secondary degree granting institutions must be accredited by one of the six U.S. regional accrediting agencies in order to be eligible for their own .EDU domain name. Under these new, "less strict" requirements, any educational institution that is accredited by agencies on the U.S. Department of Education's (www.ed.gov) list of nationally recognized accrediting agencies are eligible.

    Personally, I would like to see .EDU opened up to any educational institution outside the United States. I have never understood why the U.S. government believes it has exclusive rights to special TLDs such as .EDU, .GOV, or even .MIL. I guess it is more proof of why the U.S. Department of Commerce refuses to give up its control over the Internet and hand it over to legitimately decent International body like the ITU.

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    Special U.S. Government TLDs
    by josephf@touro.edu on Thursday March 20 2003, @04:37AM (#11348)
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    To help you "understand" why the United States Government has special Top Level Domains such as .GOV and .MIL it is because (as you may recall) it was the United States Military (the same one today fighting to free Iraq from its brutal dictator) created the Internet. Did anyone forget to thank them for this service to humanity?

    BTW I read the story of the dilution of the .EDU requirments about 2 months ago when it was announced. I do believe CNET News.com reported it. I do support ANY educational institution in the United States (including pre-school, elementary school, high-school, etc.) being allowed to register one .EDU domain.
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    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Thursday March 20 2003, @05:03AM (#11349)
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    While I don't expect to ever see .gov or .mil being opened up to foreigners (would they let the Iraqi army get a .mil domain?), .edu hasn't always been US-only; in the early days of the Internet, a number of non-US educational institutions got .edu domains, and some still hold them now. It ought to be treated as a gTLD, open worldwide; if the US wants a US-only educational domain it should be created within .us.
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    by RFassett on Thursday March 20 2003, @10:28AM (#11353)
    User #3226 Info | http://www.enum.info
    Under ICANN's definition TLD models, is .EDU

    1) sponsored-restricted or

    2) unsponsored-restricted ?

    I think it is # 2 that happens to have an entity delegated that has the look and feel of a sponsor...but I think there is a difference between .AERO sTLD (for example) and .EDU as an sTLD (ICANN's definition)...or is it that .EDU is an sTLD as much as those that were appproved in Nov 2000 by ICANN?

    In terms of Dr. Lynn's personal opinion about TLD expansion from last December, I had a hard time reconciling how the unsponsored-restricted .EDU (if it is this model) was of any more potential harm than .AERO or .MUSEUM model. So, I am looking to see if the formal delegation of .EDU is that of an sTLD - and if so then nothing for me to reconcile, I guess :)

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