Recent Net domain name proposals by The International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC) have been called ?Stalinist? and ?backward? by representatives of Nominet an authority that manages technical registry of domain names in the UK.
The IAHC is proposing to create seven new global domain names to add to the existing three top level names (.org, .com and .net) and has proposed that only twenty eight registrars be allowed to manage top level domain entry.
Nominet, which became operational in September last year, has 300 members or registrars which pay for the right to manage entries into .uk domains. Representatives of Nominet reckon the UK system which fosters competition between its members would work well for top level domains.
?Not only is the IAHC proposing the creation of only 28 registrars in the whole world who can manage entry into the top level domains (like .org and .com),? said Ivan Pope, founder and non-executive director of Nominet. ?It also plans to control very tightly what kind of service these registrars provide. I don?t think the US has quite got it together. Registrars should be able to compete on service quality etc.?
According to Pope, Nominet submitted a proposal to the IAHC but received no response to its admission. ?The whole thing is a bit like central control,? he said.
Pope is also founder and CEO of Netnames a registry which provides entry to domain names in 200 countries around the world. ?We deal with the whole world of domain name registration on a daily basis,? he said. ?We could provide input on how these things are managed.?
This week Nominet reduced the cost of its .uk registration fees. Individuals registering directly with Nominet will be charged #80 per name for two years registration and members will be charged #60 per name. This is down from the previous #100 non member charge and #60 member charge which paid for only one year?s registration.
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