Little appetite for expansion of NZ DNS

Little appetite for an increase in the number of second-level domains in the New Zealand DNS is displayed in the first batch of submissions on the issue lodged with the Internet Society (ISOCNZ). Of 18 submissions - many of them from individuals and organisations with a strong background in the New Zealand Internet - most favour the status quo. But there are some notable exceptions ...

Little appetite for an increase in the number of second-level domains in the New Zealand DNS is displayed in the first batch of submissions on the issue lodged with the Internet Society (ISOCNZ).

Of 18 submissions - many of them from individuals and organisations with a strong background in the New Zealand Internet - most favour the status quo. Many point out that the .co.nz namespace is under nowhere near the same pressure as the generic .com was before the IAHC announced its list of seven new generic top-level-domains.

A notable exception is Rex Croft, who for much of the history of New Zealand's DNS has been the individual directly responsible for registering names under the most popular domains. Croft favours "many more .nz domain hierarchies [being] created.

"The basic point of my submission is that second level domains pertaining to any general level of human activity should be allowed. Perhaps a certain number of third level domains (say 100) have to be possible before creation of a second level domain is considered."

Among possible new second-level domains suggested by Croft are sport.nz, info.nz, tourism.nz, tv.nz, radio.nz, media.nz, edu.nz and shop.nz.

Nevin Grieve, on behalf of Telecom Internet Services, stops short of calling for an expansion of the second-level domain space, but encourages ISOCNZ to make any expansion compliant with the new IAHC domains - .firm, .store, .web, .arts, .rec, .info and .nom.

A number of second level domains exist in the '.nz' name space which are not covered by the IAHC report. These domains should continue to exist but efforts to harmonize the .nz namespace with the gTLD (generic top-level domain) space should be undertaken," says Grieve. "ISOCNZ should enter negotiations with the IAHC to ensure that they stay abreast of technical developments in this area and thus ensure that New Zealand's Domain Name System is operated totally within the standards regime of the global Internet."

Commercial registrar Peter Mott of NETRegistry has made possibly the mosr radical submission, calling on ISOCNZ to "discontinue control of .nz name space in preference for being a facilitator of its management." Mott sees a DNS economy where "any suitable organisation with an interest in the Internet should have an opportunity to

participate in the management of existing and future second level domains in New Zealand."

David Farrar, an advisor to the National Party on Internet issues, is among those to cautiously find favour with "add[ing] something very structured to level two such as .ltd.nz in which only those names which appear on the companies register could be registered."

The submissions in full, along with an email link for further comment (which will be accepted until March 20, when the ISOCNZ working group will begin work on a report for the May meeting for the ISOCNZ council) can ve found at http://www.mcs.vuw.ac.nz/~hine/ISOCNZ/DNS/

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