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Concerning the US Department of Commerce's Request for Comments on the
Internet Domain Name System
The gTLD-MoU Policy Oversight Committee
welcomes the US Department of Commerce's Request
for Comments on the Internet Domain Name System. The Policy Oversight
Committee has and will continue to work with United States Federal agencies
on reaching consensus on DNS administration issues and will closely examine
the public comments and react to them.
You can read here the gTLD-MoU Policy
Oversight Committee's reply to the US Department of Commerce's Request
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You can find here a list of key
gTLD-MoU legal and policy documents.
from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA)
gTLD-MoU policies are developed in cooperation
with the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
(IANA), who manages the root of the Internet Domain Name System (DNS)
to promote stability and robustness. See:
The gTLD-MoU was developed as part of
a DNS administration plan from
the now-dissolved International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC). The IAHC
web site (no longer updated) contains considerable background materials
related to the work of the IAHC and other resources on the Internet DNS.
Resolution Activities under the gTLD-MoU
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has a role concerning domain
name dispute resolution activities under the gTLD-MoU. See:
(Council of Registrars)
You can find information here related
to CORE (Council of Registrars) activities:
Registrar Selection Process
The application process to qualify to
become a gTLD registrar under the aegis of the gTLD-MoU was open from July
18 - October 16, 1997. See below for details.
and Press Releases
Besides the most recent announcements
below, also see historical list of news, press
releases and mail archives of email@example.com.
December 8, 1997: An index of submissions
made to Notice-97-03 is now available. After reviewing comments received
to Notice-97-03: Proposed Trademark Dispute
Resolution: Draft Substantive Guidelines for Administrative Domain Name
Challenge Panels, a revised draft will be shortly posted and another
request for comments period announced.
December 1, 1997: Presentations related to the gTLD-MoU made at
various events and meetings are now available.
December 1, 1997: The Department
of Economic Affairs of the State of Geneva has issued a press
release (in French) on the choice of Geneva by CORE for the location
of its permanent secretariat.
November 27, 1997: Indexed lists of submissions received for the
following Request for Comments are now available:
November 27, 1997: Following the appointment of two representatives
from the Council of Registrars (CORE) on November 25, 1997, and in accordance
with Article 6h of the gTLD-MoU, the interim
Policy Oversight (iPOC) has been dissolved and is now the Policy Oversight
November 25, 1997: The Council of Registrars (CORE) has announced
its appointees to the gTLD-MoU Policy Oversight
Committee. The appointees are Alan Hanson (Chairman of CORE) and Amadeu
Abril i Abril.
November 21, 1997: The deadline for submission of comments to the
iPOC Request for Comments
(RFC) Notice-97-03, "Proposed Trademark Dispute Resolution: Draft Substantive
Guidelines for Administrative Domain Name Challenge Panels" (see notice
and questions), had earlier been extended
from November 7 to November 21, 1997. In response to a number of recent
requests, and to assure that there is sufficient time for additional comments
to be submitted, that deadline has again been extended, from November 21
to December 5, 1997. Please see the notice
for details on submissions of comments and links to received comments.
November 13, 1997: The gTLD-MoU interim Policy Oversight Committee,
after reviewing responses
received to the public request for comments Notice-97-02:
Review of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), consultation with
the Council of Registrars (CORE), and the gTLD-MoU Policy Advisory Body
(PAB), has concluded a review of the 7 gTLD names suggested in the final
report of the International Ad Hoc Committee's (IAHC's) Recommendations
for Administration and Management of gTLDs. The conclusions of
this review are confirmation of .firm, .web, .info, .arts, .rec &
.nom as names of new gTLDs and the replacement of .store
with the gTLD .shop. See here
for additional details.
November 4, 1997: [Press Release] Emergent
Announces the Signing of Contract with Internet Council of Registrars (CORE).
Emergent Corporation, a leading professional services firm in the area
of scalable application design and development, today announced that it
has signed a contract with the Internet Council of Registrars (CORE) to
build and operate the new Internet Domain Name Shared Registry System (SRS).
More details about the
project from Emergent are available.
October 30, 1997: CORE will be
holding its first annual meeting in Tokyo, Japan, on November 8, 1997.
October 24, 1997: CORE Announces Signing
Letter of Intent with Emergent Corporation for the development and
operation of the Shared Registry System (SRS). The SRS is the neutral,
shared database repository that co-ordinates registrations from CORE registrars
and causes names to enter the global Internet Domain Name System (DNS).
October 24, 1997: An article in Connected
to the core of Internet governance features an interview with David
Maher, chairman of the Interim Policy Oversight Committee (iPOC).
October 23, 1997: Information is available on the November 7, 1997
meeting in Tokyo, Japan: New Developments
in the Domain Name System - An Opportunity to Meet Members of the interim
Policy Oversight Committee (iPOC) to Discuss Policy and Legal Aspects of
the new Top Level Domains - (with English/Japanese Interpretation)
- sponsored by the Japan Network Information Center(JPNIC).
October 23, 1997: Information is available on the November 25, 1997
meeting in Brussels, Belgium: Internet
domain name system - European information meeting on the gTLD-MoU sponsored
by the European Commission, DG XIII.
October 23, 1997: The deadline for submission to the Request for
Comments Notice-97-03: Proposed Trademark
Dispute Resolution: Draft Substantive Guidelines for Administrative Domain
Name Challenge Panels. has been extended from November 7, 1997 to November
October 19, 1997: The final version of the CORE-MoU
is now available. This supersedes the draft
posted on July 17, 1997. The CORE-MoU has been signed by the Chairman of
iPOC on October 18, 1997 and will now be circulated for signature to the
entities qualifying under the gTLD registrar
October 19, 1997: The Internet Society (ISOC) Board of Trustees
has announced its new appointees to the gTLD-MoU Policy Oversight Committee.
The new appointees are Mr. Christopher Wilkinson (3 year term) and and
Mr. David Maher (1 year term). See the ISOC web site for
Listed below are key events/timelines
related to gTLD-MoU activities:
Policy Oversight Committee
Information about the Policy Oversight
Policy Advisory Body
Information about the Policy Advisory
to the gTLD-MoU
Telecommunication Union (ITU) acts as the depository of the gTLD-MoU
and maintains its list
a Signatory to the gTLD-MoU
You can find here Information
on becoming a Signatory to the gTLD-MoU.