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    .eu, still coming real soon now after all these ye | Log in/Create an Account | Top | 4 comments | Search Discussion
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    The end of .uk, .fr, .de, ... etc?
    by KarlAuerbach on Sunday February 15 2004, @02:02PM (#12981)
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    It would seem only fair that in trade for .eu that the EU member states would be obligated to give up their individual ccTLDs.

    An alternative way to preserve fairness would be to permit ccTLDs to states of the US, provinces of Canada, and other divisions of larger political structures that have a degree of their own sovereigny.

    Should there be ccTLDs for "NAFTA" and "NATO" too?

    ICANN does the job of recognizing ccTLDs via its role as provider of IANA services. Those services are performed under a contract with the United States Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (!) [which is a sub-agency of the of the US Dept of Commerce]. Last time I looked, the US Dept of Commerce had no authority or power to recognize foreign nations; that function is usually part of the United States Department of State.

    So tell me again, exactly how does ICANN get the authority to recognize .eu?
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    Re: .eu, still coming real soon
    by fnord (groy2kNO@SPAMyahoo.com) on Sunday February 15 2004, @05:34PM (#12982)
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    Ne blāmez pas Michael, I wrote the article, he just passed it on. You're quite right, they do claim [eifonline.org] to be having a dotEU launch party this May. I am reminded of the SillyConValley dotcom about the time the market crashed that closed its doors soon after opening and still went ahead with its launch party that evening. I guess we'll see.

    With regard to Karl's question, I dealt with that here [icannwatch.org] almost two years ago, which isn't to say I understand what passes for IANA/ICANN logic. -g

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