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    sTLDs hoping to enter legacy root Next on .ASIA
    posted by jon on Wednesday April 13 2005, @05:09AM

    Mike Sorros brought to our attention this recent post by James Seng commenting on .ASIA. Seng urges that .ASIA is a personal project of the well-respected Cheng Che-Hoo, and entirely underwritten by Affilias. He continues:

    " the tactic to get support is, hmm, how should I put this? Maybe let me describe how it works: .ASIA deal with the NICs is that if you support .ASIA, when registrations comes from your region, we will split the revenue of that registration with you. One way to look at it is 'hey, profit sharing with the NIC! Good guy!'. But another way to look at this is 'If I don't support them now, I don't get anything if someone from my region registered with .ASIA.' . . . I admire Che-Hoo dedication and I marvel the tactic they used. But no, I strongly disagree .ASIA is a "joint venture" or "partnership" of Asia Pacific organization. Especially one that NICs join because they don't have a choice and mastermind by someone outside the region."

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    Airports Only Have Three Rental Car Companies
    by Anonymous on Wednesday April 13 2005, @06:03AM (#14884)
    There is a mind-set in some governance circles
    that public places can have some competition
    but not too much. As an example, some airports
    may be designed to only have three rental car
    companies. More than that, becomes too complex.

    ICANN has more or less selected their three
    registries, Verisign, Neustar and Affiliates.
    TLDs are now handed out very slowly to one of
    those three. No other competition is allowed.

    .JOBS to Verisign [Check]
    .TRAVEL to Neustar [Check]
    .ASIA to Affiliates [Check]

    Next round next year.
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    No Jobs.Asia, Travel.Asia, Pro.Asia or Asia.Asia
    by Anonymous on Thursday April 14 2005, @12:31AM (#14890)
    "An extensive reserved domains list will be compiled for the DotAsia registry,
    taking into consideration both the reservation of country names according to
    the ISO-3166-1 list as well as ICANN requirements for the reservation of
    country codes and other second level domains similar to those reserved in the
    current Appendix K of ICANNís agreement with new TLD registries. In addition,
    the DotAsia registry will consider a reserved domain lists from participating
    ccTLDs (Sponsor Members). The reserved lists submitted by the local ccTLDs
    will serve to ensure best relevance of these names to protect the rights of
    others within the community. The DotAsia registry is also committed to
    continually review and update these lists to best reflect and protect the
    rights of the entities in the community."
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    Response from DotAsia Organisation Limited
    by Che-Hoo CHENG on Thursday April 14 2005, @04:59AM (#14893)
    User #4115 Info | http://www.dotasia.org/
    Before jumping to conclusions, I urge everybody to visit our website at www.dotasia.org to take a look at our materials including our well-thought out proposal to ICANN and have a sense of the level and variety of support that we have obtained from our community (see http://www.dotasia.org/about/members.html & http://www.dotasia.org/about/initialboard.html).

    Maybe let me give you a little bit of background information of our .ASIA initiative first. Prof. Kilnam Chon of Korea (one of the Internet pioneers in Asia) initiated the idea of .AP several years ago, laying the seeds of the initiative already. From early 2003, the current team adjusted the idea to .ASIA as a Sponsored gTLD based on a bottom-up approach. Initial responses were very positive and when ICANN issued the RFP for sTLDs in December 2003, the initiative began to formalize and take shape.

    When the proposal was submitted to ICANN in mid March 2004, 7 ccTLDs (.CN, .ID, .JP, .MO, .NU, .TW and .VN) as well as APNIC and APNG already participated as members. Since then, recruitment of members continued, and as of now, there are already 20 participating ccTLDs (including .KZ, .TJ & .UZ from Central Asia, .AF, .BT, .IN & .IR from South Asia, .KH, .PH & .SG from South-East Asia, .KR & .MN from East Asia and .NZ from Pacific) plus APNIC, APNG and PAN/IDRC. The initiative will continue to welcome and recruit members even after it obtains approval from ICANN, and eligible organisations in the region can join at their own pace and become equal members.

    Upon the establishment of the initial board and initial advisory council by well-respected individuals from different areas of our community (see http://www.dotasia.org/about/initialboard.html), all are actively updated and involved, along with members and potential members, in the activities of .ASIA.

    It is worth to note that Afiliasí involvement as a registry services and technology provider is well defined and well understood, and it does not and will not interfere with policy formulation functions of the .ASIA registry.

    Our members and supporters share the dream of having our own Asia-focus TLD. And, we want to leverage and bring together the collaborative spirit of the Internet community in Asia to further the continued growth in and around the region. So, .ASIA is indeed an initiative of our community.

    I hope that it is much clearer to everybody now.

    Thanks a lot.

    Che-Hoo CHENG

    For and on behalf of
    Initial Board and Initial Advisory Council
    DotAsia Organisation Limited
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