[council] RE: Verisign IDN TLDs

Marilyn Cade marilynscade at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 26 23:15:17 UTC 2006

Thanks, Chuck, Pat has posted the clarification, which was much appreciated.





From: owner-council at gnso.icann.org [mailto:owner-council at gnso.icann.org] On
Behalf Of Gomes, Chuck
Sent: Thursday, October 26, 2006 6:50 PM
To: Bret Fausett; council at gnso.icann.org; Marilyn Cade
Subject: [council] RE: Verisign IDN TLDs


I am not sure whether I can post to the Council list or not so I am
including Bret and Marilyn because they specifically sent me messages on
this issue and give them permission to forward this on if it does not go to
the full Council list.  Also, let me apologize for the delay of my response.
As you have possibly already learned: 


VeriSign is not operating an internationalized top level domain name
(TLD)registry or registrar. The service offered by the Digital Brand
Management Service (DBMS) business unit of VeriSign, Chinese
internationalized TLD domain name registrations, is offered by CNNIC, the
registry operator for the .cn TLD. VeriSign’s DBMS business unit is
offering such registrations as a provider of brand and identity management
services across the globe.


Chuck Gomes
VeriSign Information Services




From: Bret Fausett [mailto:bfausett at internet.law.pro] 
Sent: Wednesday, October 25, 2006 1:00 PM
To: council at gnso.icann.org
Cc: Gomes, Chuck
Subject: Verisign IDN TLDs

Council Members (with a copy to Chuck Gomes),

I note, via the GA list and the ALAC mailing list, that Verisign has
launched what appear to be new TLDs in an alternate root, or some resolution
equivalent. The Verisign web site contains the following announcement:

VeriSign Now Offering Chinese Character Extensions  
VeriSign Digital Brand Management Services is now offering the following
Chinese character extensions:

*         .中国 (.china) 
*         .公司  (.company) 
*         .网络 (.network)

Domain names cannot exceed 20 characters (each constituting element is
considered as one character). For further details, please contact your
VeriSign Digital Brand Management Services Account Team or Enterprise
Customer Support.


Given the fact that we are currently working on a process for new TLDs,
including new IDN TLDs, this is curious timing. I wonder if we could request
a briefing, first in writing and then at the next council call, from
Verisign about what it is doing technically with these new “TLDs.” The At
Large has raised this as an issue to be addressed within the ALAC, and I
expect that Council will want to look at it as well.

     -- Bret


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