RE: [DNS] .biz status?

RE: [DNS] .biz status?

From: Jon Lawrence <jon§>
Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2001 00:44:06 +1000
Perhaps it is pertinent at this point to note that none of the agreements
between ICANN and the proposed new TLD registry operators have yet been
finalised.  Once those agreements are finalised, they will still be subject
to the approval of the US Dept of Commerce.

Until and unless those agreements are finalised and the specific
arrangements for handling the landrush period for each new TLD is formally
announced, it is (IMO) premature for any organisation, ICANN-accredited
registrar or otherwise, to be offering pre-registrations.

>From what I have learnt from the major new TLD registry operators (ie .biz,
.info & .name), it appears likely that the landrush period will involve some
degree of randomisation of requests.  This will ensure that the concept of
'first-come, first-served' will not apply during the landrush period.

Anyone who wishes to keep updated with developments in this arena is welcome
to subscribe to Internet Names WorldWide's new TLD information service, at:


Jon Lawrence
Product Manager - gTLDs
Melbourne IT Ltd

-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Hughes [mailto:effectivebusiness&#167;]
Sent: Monday, 26 March 2001 11:41 PM
To: dns&#167;
Subject: RE: [DNS] .biz status?

> will pre-register .biz

What if does not end up being an accredited registrar for the
.biz registry?

> cannot guarantee that yours will be selected first. - or anyone else - can't even guarantee that it will be an
accredited registrar for .biz by the time .biz registrations start.

Since the ICANN new gTLD process results in different registry operators for
each new gTLD, it is probable that the registry for each new gTLD will be
technically different.  Therefore would-be registrars will have to do
different technical development for each new gTLD they want to be a
registrar for, and probably pass different 'accreditation' processes.
Registrars must pass an existing process to become registrars for the
existing .com, .net, & .org registry run by NSI.

At this stage there's no guarantee which would-be registrars will actually
be successfully accredited by each new registry in time to be part of the
initial 'domain name land-grab'.  But I bet that won't stop any of them from
advertising that they are ready to go with pre-registration services.

The only way to be sure a registrar offering 'new gTLD pre-registrations'
will actually be participating on the day registrations start, is if one of
the new registry operators is also going to be acting as a registrar for
their registry.

Or, you could make the assumption that all the existing ICANN registrars
will try to be registrars for the new gTLDs (well, for the relatively open
domains such as .biz anyway) and you could pre-register your chosen domain
name with all 75 accredited and operational ICANN registrars, plus the 73
accredited but not yet operational ICANN registrars (cause they probably
intend to be operational for the new gTLDs as well as existing ones), plus
the 18 'accredited as test bed ICANN registrars' plus all the new registrar
wannabes that pop up in the next 6 months before the new gTLDs are thrown

Now there's a question - at the moment ICANN lists all the accredited
registrars, cause they only have to be accredited once - for the NSI
registry.  They'll have to list a table showing which registrars are at what
stage of accreditation with which gTLD registry.

Clever idea, that 'competing registries' model, eh?

Regards, Mark

Mark Hughes
Effective Business Applications Pty Ltd
61 4 1374 3959

-----Original Message-----
From: George Bray [mailto:listoid&#167;]
Sent: Monday, 26 March 2001 19:59
To: dns&#167;
Cc: jss&#167;
Subject: Re: [DNS] .biz status?

At 10:30 AM +1000 26/3/01, John Simmons wrote:
>What is the current status of the .biz domains, and should they use
>one of the pre-registration services being offered, and if so, which
>one(s) are considered as above-board? will pre-register .biz

Important Notes:
1) Domain Names are entered in the pre-registration database on a
first-come, first-served basis. cannot guarantee that
yours will be selected first.
2) There is no guarantee that you will receive the domain name(s)
that you pre-register. However, promises to submit
your pre-registered domain name(s) at the earliest possible time to
give you the best chance of acquiring the name(s) you selected.


PS - also search the ICANN site to learn more

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