InternetNZ is seeking public reaction to its proposed second level domain (2LD) application process. In the past InternetNZ has undertaken a lengthy consultation period for new 2LDs - to date only .geek.nz and .maori.nz have passed.
InternetNZ imposed a moratorium on new 2LDs while it reviewed the entire 2LD structure. A draft overview of the new 2LD process can be found here.
The new process is much streamlined compared with the old - after receiving an application the Domain Name Commissioner (DNC) Debbie Monahan will initially check it against a standard acceptance policy and then call for public submissions. Submissions will be accepted for only 15 days and after that period the DNC will forward the request to the InternetNZ oversight committee which will make its recommendation to the council.
Once the council has agreed the name can move forward there will be a one month pre-registration period designed, says Monahan, to gauge interest in the new 2LD.
"With both .maori and .geek the initial rush of registrations came in the first month so we hope this pre-registration period will allow us to see if there really is a 'community of interest' to be served by the new 2LD."
If there is sufficient interest, a level to be set by council on a case-by-case basis, then the 2LD will go live and those pre-registrations will be notified and moved to a registrar. If there isn't enough interest, the DNC will refund those that have pre-registered names.
Moderated domains have a slightly different process - anyone proposing a moderated domain name will have to explain why it should be moderated in their initial application. That will be taken into account throughout the assessment process, says Monahan.
Submissions on the proposed process can be made until June 9 by email or fax (04) 495 2115.