29 April, 2004

CP074 - ETNO Common Position on the sponsored Top Level Domain applications for .tel

ETNO has serious reservations about the .tel and .Tel sTLDs proposed to ICANN.

The specific communities that would be served by having these TLDs as sTLDs are not identified. Procedures should be created regarding the use of the sTLDs to ensure that standing international and national rules on numbering management are not violated. sTLD procedures need to safeguard consumer interests, particularly the linkage between number right of use and sTLD registration as well as privacy aspects. Until further clarification is given, ETNO can not support the proposals.

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