.Geek.nz plods on

Submissions on the proposed .geek.nz second level domain name (2LD) have closed with only a handful of respondents bothering to comment on the suggestion.

Submissions on the proposed .geek.nz second level domain name (2LD) have closed with only a handful of respondents bothering to comment on the suggestion.

Dean Pemberton, the man who suggested the .geek.nz name in the first place, has thanked the Domain Name Commissioner (DNC) and InternetNZ for taking his suggestion seriously.

"It would have been very easy for both parties to take this submission less than

seriously. Both of them have handled this matter strictly according to the

established process and I would like to thank them for that" says Pemberton in his submission on the name.

The submission passed the first hurdle, that of a straw poll of New Zealand residents, in March this year. InternetNZ rules say a discussion period, followed by an interim ruling and a further discussion period are required before a final decision where hopefully implementation is approved.

The procedure has been described as unnecessarily long-winded and as such, InternetNZ has called a moratorium on new proposed 2LDs while it reviews both the procedure itself and the need for a 2LD at all. The last 2LD to be approved was .maori.nz which came into effect late last year.

The DNC Debbie Monahan will take the submissions to the oversight committee of InternetNZ which will then release its interim decision. No timeframe for that has been set yet.

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