Should Two Letter TLDs Be Immune ?
John Charles Broomfield
Tue Apr 28 00:04:25 CEST 1998
Jim Fleming wrote: > On Monday, April 27, 1998 11:57 AM, John Charles Broomfield[SMTP:jbroom at manta.outremer.com] wrote: > @ > @Hi Jim, > @ > @> People seem to have no problem allowing the 2 letter TLDs > @> to be grandfathered to have immunity from the Green Paper > @> and the U.S. Government. The assumption appears to be > @> that the 2 letter TLDs have been delegated to individuals, > @> companies and in some cases governments with care. This > @> is not necessarily the case. > @ > <snip> > @The unwritten (is it not yet official?) addendum to RFC-1591 gives ultimate > @authority in 2 letter TLDs to the government of that area. > @This in fact means that the local government is sovereign for how any given > @2 letter TLD is run. > > You seem to be making the assumption that the 2 letter TLDs > are delegated to people endorsed/supervised by the government > that the TLD supposedly is assigned to...is that the case ? No, of course it's not the case in many TLD assignments. However, in ALL cases, the local government has the possibility of endorsing/supervising/reassigning their TLD. To do it or not is their choice. It is true that many countries are probably not aware that they can do this, so it would be up to the local users of that TLD to inform their own authority about this power, should it be needed... Note that correctly or badly managed depends on the view of each person. I think it would be correct to state that a badly managed TLD is one where the direct users are generally unhappy about how that TLD is being managed. If they ARE unhappy, then they WILL inform their government sooner rather than later. From that moment onwards, the government DOES know that it can do something. Should it choose to do nothing, then it's already exercising it's authority, so trying to argue that the government doesn't KNOW is in fact false... For you and me a mismanaged TLD is probably something important which should be dealt with. Some governments probably can't see the importance of it (yet?), but that doesn't give legitimacy to someone from outside trying to take it over. Yours, John Broomfield. GP & MQ NIC. -------- Logged at Tue Apr 28 00:33:05 MET DST 1998 ---------
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