The widespread dissatisfaction with proposals to reform the system of registering Internet domain names has spread to Europe. The European Commission has asked the US government to provide a statement of policy on the issue and to include it in urgent discussions.
The EC criticised the International Ad Hoc Committee - which together with the Internet Society is spearheading proposals to open up the business of registering new site names - for excluding European representatives from its discussions and membership.
The EC now wants talks with the US government on a common response to the IAHC's plan to create up to seven new top level domains, to be managed by up to 28 new domain registrars. The idea is to break the monopoly held by Network Solutions (NSI) on allocating and registering domain names for Internet addresses, containing generic suffixes (or top level domains), such as .com.
An EC spokeswoman told VNU's 'Internet World' magazine that the recommendations would not solve the overcrowding among .com names, and would probably contribute to trademark disputes.
The Commission, in its comments, also rejected the IAHC's suggestion that the 28 new registrars be chosen by lottery. "We question whether the IAHC or the Internet Society has the authority under US or international law to do so and doubt that the decisions taken this way would constitute the necessary basis for the legal and commercial stability of the eventual registrar organizations."
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