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The Retirement of a ccTLD (.YU - Yugoslavia)

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"Websites using the .yu domain extension will cease to be available online from 30 September."

Interesting to see how this goes. This is the first end of a TLD that I am familiar with. I wonder if it will be a common process if the new gTLDs get launched? Only 4000 sites on the platform so this is a nice small scale test, but I worry about larger ones and political implications as well as technical ones.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8278364.stm

Department of Commerce Comments on New TLDs

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Here are some key quotes:

While we acknowledge the effort and hard work involved in producing the documents currently out for comment, it is unclear that the threshold question of whether the potential consumer benefits outweigh the potential costs has been adequately addressed and determined. In that regard, we would like to call your attention a decision of the ICANN Board in October 18, 2006, that called for an economic study to address questions such as:

  • whether the domain registration market is one market or whether each TLD functions as a separate market,
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