Bankers ponder next .bank.nz move

The chief executive of the New Zealand Bankers Association says it is too early to say whether the association will try for a third time to get its own second level domain name approved.

The chief executive of the New Zealand Bankers Association says it is too early to say whether the association will try for a third time to get its own second level domain (2LD) name approved.

The application for .bank.nz failed to gain enough support for the second year in a row and chief executive Errol Lizamore says a meeting of the Bankers Association in December will review the situation.

"We drew conclusions from the first application which failed and those conclusions weren't sufficient to get us across the line this time."

The Bankers Association requires all members to be in agreement on any given course of action, and Lizamore says the appetite for further 2LD applications could be waning.

"The only way we would go forward again would be if we could achieve consensus among our members and that may be difficult to achieve, given what's just happened."

The association needed to get support from more than 70% of the respondents to a poll conducted by InternetNZ, the body charged with administering the .nz name space.

InternetNZ has imposed a moratorium on submissions for new 2LDs to take effect after the proposed .geek.nz name is considered. The moratorium is to allow InternetNZ to review both the policy on 2LDs in general and the application process for new 2LDs in particular. Society secretary David Farrar says the current application process requires a 12 month stand down by the Bankers Association before they can resubmit .bank.nz for consideration.

"There will be a year's imposed pause before the .bank.nz request can be resubmitted, and by that time, there could well have been major changes in procedures for such an application, says Farrar.

Farrar says there is a lobby in favour of ditching second-level domain names (2LDs) altogether, and having, for example, bnz.nz rather than bnz.co.nz, as at present, or bnz.bank.nz.

But if approved 2LDs were dropped, it would be left open to the Bankers Association or anyone else to apply for bank.nz as an ordinary domain name, on a first-come-first-served basis, Farrar points out. The successful claimant could then sell names such as bnz.bank.nz privately as sub-domains of their own domain structure.

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