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    .WEB As A Sponsored TLD
    by Anonymous on Sunday December 21 2003, @04:45AM (#12758)
    I don't understand why .WEB couldn't fit the criteria for a sponsored TLD. It's very specific. The fact that it would be relevant to millions of netizens shouldn't disqualify it from consideration as a sponsored TLD.

    Just limit the registrations to those individuals, companies, non-profits, and government entities with a bonafide WEB PRESENCE.
    Bingo, there you go.

    How focused is the criteria for sTLDs? In other words, does the extension need to have anemic projected registration numbers in order to qualify for "sponsorship"?

    What? You need a few more restrictions on an extension before it can be considered "sponsored"?
    Okay, here are some:
    - Minium age of registrant requirement (14 yrs? 17?)
    - Registrant surcharged for domains resolving nowhere. (Parking page or "under construction" okay).
    - Registrant must show identification, with contact information verified, before using the domain name. Just like ammunition or weapons sales, or when you rent a car ... you must show a driver's license. (Actually, this would be a great way for domain holders to be held accountable for spam, illegal content, etc.).
    This restriction/requirement alone would create a more viable space than currently found in .com.

    Run with it Chris, or something like it. ICANN will probably keep you waiting another 3 to 5 years (or more) before approving another gTLD. The writing is on the wall, ICANN wants restricted, sponsored TLDs. Okay, so tailor .WEB for that system. As seen with .pro and .name, after you are awarded the TLD, you can always change the evolution of the extension on-the-fly.

    IOD Customer
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    .WEB As A Sponsored TLD by Anonymous
    Re:.WEB As A Sponsored TLD
    by cambler (chris@ambler.net) on Sunday December 21 2003, @09:55AM (#12760)
    User #36 Info | http://onthenet.ambler.net/
    While I appreciate the enthusiasm, if you read the RFP, it's very clear that a .Web application wouldn't meet the criteria by a long shot. The restrictions that you list could be applied to any TLD. ICANN has made it clear in the RFP that they're looking for more group-constrained applications as well as governing boards.

    If, after reading the RFP, you still think .Web could qualify, I'd be more than pleased to hear how. But we spent a lot of time reading it over and seeing that the "deck is stacked" towards applications like .travel and .health.

    Ambler On The Net [ambler.net]

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