hostmaster at cwi.nl hostmaster at cwi.nl
Wed Nov 8 11:18:57 CET 1995
As announced earlier, only the technical questions in the questionnaire will be answered. A document exists describing the conditions for domain registrations under .NL. This document is available on request, but it is in Dutch only and no authoritative translation in any other language is or will be made available. The answers given below represent only a brief excerpt from the document. The answers may be published, but: a) although it's not very likely, conditions *may* change someday; b) it should be made very clear that these answers do *not* take the place of the document itself; c) the document itself is far more specific than the answers given below. -hostmaster ========================================================================= 4a. Would you register sub.tld (e.g. co.uk, ac.uk etc)? No. b. Do you have geographic subdomains in the tld (e.g. state.tld, county.tld)? No. c. Do you have different categories of 2nd level domains (e.g. "public" ones like "co.at" and "private" ones like alcatel.at) in parallel? No. d. If you have "public" 2nd level domains, what are the rules for running such a domain (e.g. everybody's registration has to be accepted for free if it fits into this category)? n/a e. If so, how do you split your tld? n/a 5a. Would you register domain.tld (e.g. microsoft.uk)? Yes, as long as the conditions are met. b. Would you register domain.sub.tld (e.g. microsoft.co.uk)? No. 6a. Do you allow individuals to register names or just organisations? Only legally established organisations. b. If you differentiate between individuals and organisations, what are your criteria? Registration with a Dutch Chamber of Commerce, except for governmental organisations. 7a. Do you require proof of identity? Yes. b. If so, how do you prove the identity of a requestor? Via a copy of the Chamber of Commerce registration. 8. Do you register domains only for organisations/individuals located in your country or do you allow anyone to register in your tld? Only for organisations located in or having a subsidiary in the Netherlands, registered with a CoC. 9a. Do you allow a single organisation to register more than one domain? No. b. If so, do you limit the number of domains registered by a single organisation? n/a 10a.To whom would you allocate well known names like digital.tld/ digital.sub.tld? See 10b. b.What criteria do you use when deciding whether or not to allow a name? We only accept the CoC-registered *company* name as the basis for a domain name. Trade names, brand names, etc. are all completely irrelevant and are never accepted as the basis for a domain name. We treat domain names exactly for what they are: pure *technical* entities meant to cover as many people, hosts, sites, etc. as possible. Commercial arguments therefore don't have any relevance in conjunction with domain names. 11a.How do you arbitrate between two or more claims to the same name? Requests are handled in order of receipt. Arbitration is only *very* seldom necessary. b.Who is responsible for the arbitration? The people behind the function "NL Naming Authority". 12a.Do you allow the registration of geographical names (cities, countries, rivers, etc)? No, with the exception of cities/municipalities, which can *only* register the name of the city/municipality as domain name. b.If so, would you register one for an individual organisation? n/a 13a.Do you have any names which may not be registered (e.g. names in bad taste, names of protocols, etc)? Yes. These names are "administratively registered", but with a TXT record "Blocked, non-registrable name" and a comparable whois entry. 14a.Do you run secondary nameservice for subdomains of the tld? No. We consider that a task of service provider, as a (additional) service to their customers. b.If so, is this optional/mandatory and do you charge for the service? n/a 15a.Do you check for a running nameserver at the time of request? Yes. All specified nameservers *must* be up and running and set up correctly when the request is received. b.Do you check for a running nameserver at regular intervals after the name has been delegated? Seldom. 16. Do you allow the reservation of names (i.e. no running service)? Definitely not. 18a.Do you remove unused domain names? Yes. b.If so, how do you define an unused domain? A domain that is cancelled by the admin-c or that is no longer serviced by any service provider. 19. Do you think that the current system you operate will be changed over the next 12 months? Who knows... 20. Do you accept requests for domains from providers only, from anyone or from a different group only? Request from or on behalf of third parties are not accepted. Requests can be submitted *via* a service provider, but then it must be "identifiably clear" that the original requestor has read and agreed with the conditions for registering a domain under .NL. 22. Do you have any automation of the registration/delegation process? No.
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