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    New gTLDs RegistryPRO to offer 2nd-Level Domains
    posted by michael on Monday October 27 2003, @01:58PM

    GeorgeK writes ".pro has yet to launch, but they're already making a major change. In particular, they want to offer 2nd-level domains (e.g. johnsmith.pro) in addition to the 3rd-level domains (e.g. johnsmith.law.pro) that they had originally intended to offer."



    "I think this is a good move, as 3rd-level domains would not fare well in the marketplace. I think ICANN will not find much opposition to a swift approval of RegistryPRO's request, and thus should expedite the review process."

    [Editor's note: I would imagine that the disappointed TLD bidders from oh so long ago in LA, who also wanted the right to use whatever SLDs customers wanted, but were turned away from the 'testbed' in favor of the unusual .pro initiative will be seething about this. On the one hand, I think that ICANN should generally let TLD operators do what they like as long as it has no spillover effects outside the TLD; on the other hand I sympathize with the anger of the losing bidders. Let them all in, that 's the answer... -mf]

     
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    What He Said...
    by cambler (chris@ambler.net) on Monday October 27 2003, @02:42PM (#12545)
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    Interesting, Michael. You just said almost exactly what I said (http://onthenet.ambler.net [ambler.net])

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    It could possibly be dangerous for ICANN ...
    by KarlAuerbach on Monday October 27 2003, @03:17PM (#12546)
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    It could possibly dangerous for ICANN to acceed to .pro's request without proper process. Verisign is lurking in the wings and if .pro is given a quick "OK" Verisign could easily claim that it should have its "sitefinder" actions processed by ICANN in the same, expiditious way.

    Apart from the merits of this requested change (and I agree that it hints of unfairness to allow post-award changes when so many other applicants were denied), it is probably important for ICANN to create procedures, such as an opinion from the security committee, regarding the effects of the proposed change upon the technical operation of the net - sort of a "technology impact report".

    Departing from the topic at hand - I can't help but wonder at the .pro folks - they were given their TLD *before* my term on the ICANN board began, and they never got off the ground during my entire 2 1/2 year term, and now, several months later, they are still wiggling around. One has to wonder about the "professionals" behind .pro. I have a sneeking suspiciion that if they allowed the members of the oldest profession to buy names under .pro that their business prospects would quickly improve.
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    ICANN and Reality
    by jberryhill on Monday October 27 2003, @05:02PM (#12549)
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    From the ICANN notice:

    "On the agenda for the 31 October 2003 Board meeting is the proposal by RegistryPro, Inc. (the ICANN-designated operator of the .PRO registry) to begin offering domain registration services at the second level in addition to the current offering of .pro registrations at the profession-specific third-level (these are currently law.pro, med.pro, and cpa.pro)."

    Operator of the .PRO registry? They operate a registry? In this dimension?

    Current offering of .pro registrations? Offered to whom? Imaginary friends of theirs?

    I hope that the $300,000 new TLD evaluation report manages to applaud the .pro registry on the outstanding contribution they have made in the "stability of the internet" area. They get a perfect score there. Not a single party who ponied up tall cash for "defensive" registrations has been disappointed, there has been zero incidence of cybersquatting, and not a single registrant complaint.

    This new offering will be a substantial savings to those lawyers who also perform tooth extractions.

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    Re:Don't Let Them All In
    by cambler (chris@ambler.net) on Monday October 27 2003, @06:47PM (#12551)
    User #36 Info | http://onthenet.ambler.net/
    How, pray tell Anonymous user, is letting anyone who wishes to offer services not in the interest of the typical netizen? Do tell.

    You can't claim that it's confusing, as we have hundreds of TLDs now. If adding 30 or so more is confusing, we're there already.

    You can't claim that it would be a load on the root servers, or a technical instability, as we've not only seen none of that to date, but the inventors of the DNS have said as much: it won't be an issue.

    It certainly can't be because multiple offerings, creating competition will bring prices down further and give more consumer choice. Because the is in the best interest of the typical netizen.

    So... dear Anonymous user... I'm all ears.

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