RE: thoughts on policy.

RE: thoughts on policy.

From: Cooke, Tony <tony.cooke§>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 09:20:27 +1000
I can see the sense in the policy of preventing 2 letter registrations on
the basis that the country codes are not closed and may be added to from
time to time.

The problem with the 3 letter domain names is that the same is true of
gTLDs, especially with the current proposals being considered.  Of course
there is also a proposal for .shop and was registered in 1994 and
is registered to Interband Communications. was registered in 1994
and is registered to Internet Shop.Net Inc. So there goes consistency.

-----Original Message-----
From: Patrick Corliss [mailto:patrick&#167;]
Sent: Friday, 29 September 2000 2:21
To: dns&#167;
Subject: Re: thoughts on policy.

Aleks Husonwrote wrote:

> I'm writing to ask for opinions on the Connect policy in regards
> their restriction on two letter domains.

In his reply, David Goldstein remarked:

> What the rules are for .com etc I'm not sure.

With respect to refusing 2-letter names, the same.  The policy states:

"3.3 Composition of a Domain Name
A domain name must:
*    Be at least two characters long
*    Contain only letters (a-z), numbers (0-9)and hyphens or a combination
of these
*    Start and end with an alphanumeric character, not a hyphen."

The rules were set by Robert Elz (who manages the space) so it's
certain to apply to that second-level domain space as well.

You might be interested to know that the 2-letter top-level domain RA.COM
recently went for only $36,740 USD through Afternic.  Another 2-letter is on
sale now.  That's CU.COM.  It could perhaps be snapped up by Commercial

You'll remember that NetRegistry got and started competing with  I suppose that's the fear here.  But I can't see somebody wanting
another country code like "uk" or "nz" to give them a domain like:


But you'll note that words like "com" and "net" are prohibted too.  So you
can't have:


Whilst I agree that approach would be pretty confusing, the ban doesn't need
to be extended to ALL possible 2-letter domain names.  I don't see why
General Electric, for example, shouldn't have:


Quite normal and very powerful, I would have thought.

Patrick Corliss

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