[At-Large] R: At-Large Use of Country and Territory Names as Top Level Domains

Roberto Gaetano roberto_gaetano at hotmail.com
Tue Sep 22 16:18:54 UTC 2015

I agree about the moratorium, but I strongly disagree about the alpha-3 ISO-3166 codes.

There are already 3-letter gTLDs that are conflicting with alpha-3 codes.

If there is a generalized use of alpha-3 codes, it will be extremely confusing if “some” 3-letter codes would not respect this rule.

If, on the other hand, there is no generalized use of alpha-3 codes, unlike alpha-2 codes, then why reserve them?

I think that we just have to accept the fact that there is a limit to what you can reserve for specific use J




Da: at-large-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org [mailto:at-large-bounces at atlarge-lists.icann.org] Per conto di Christopher Wilkinson
Inviato: martedì 22 settembre 2015 11:26
A: Maureen Hilyard
Cc: at-large at atlarge-lists.icann.org
Oggetto: Re: [At-Large] At-Large Use of Country and Territory Names as Top Level Domains




1.       The ISO alpha-3 codes should be reserved in the same way as the alpha-2 codes, which are exclusively used for ccTLDs.


          The ISO-4217 alpha-3 codes should also be reserved because they represent currencies.

          For instance EUR represents the Euro (€) and definitely should not be used for anything other than official representation of the Euro.


2.       I agree with Evan that there should be a moratorium on any new gTLDs until there has been a thorough evaluation of the existing new gTLD programme.


In any event the whole issue of the representation of country names will go to the GAC if it is not already there.







On 22 Sep 2015, at 09:09, Maureen Hilyard <maureen.hilyard at gmail.com> wrote:

Dear At-Large members


Country codes are traditionally a 2-letter string. The new gTLD process is enabling country and territory codes to be expanded to 3-letters (or even as whole names).


The “Cross Community Working Group for the Use of Country and Territory Names as Top Level Domains” is asking: 


1. Should these new 3-letter country/territory codes be reserved ONLY as ccTLDs OR should they be open to everyone as gTLDs?  (This question refers to 3-letter code IDN ccTLDs and IDN gTLDs as well)


2. What advantages or disadvantages does your answer offer either group (ccTLDs or gTLDs)?


Please return your answers to these two questions to me asap. J


For those who would like to contribute to other questions about this topic please refer directly to the workspace 



All comments welcome J

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