[At-Large] New York Internet Society calls for hearings on renewal of management contract for .nyc TLD
toml at communisphere.com
Thu Feb 9 17:24:30 UTC 2017
Fellow Members of the At-Large:
I hope you all will share my delight in last week's resolution by the
the New York Internet Society calling for the city of New York to hold
public hearings before renewing its contract with Neustar Inc. for the
operation of the .nyc TLD. The resolution stated:
*“The Internet Society’s New York Chapter urges the city of New York to
provide robust outreach and engagement opportunities for the city’s
Internet stakeholder community prior to renewing the contract that will
guide the operation of the .nyc TLD registry for the next 5 years.”*
The resolution was sent to Mayor Bill deBlasio and other city officials
with oversight of the city’s digital resources. It cited 14 areas of
concern and called upon the city to undertake a three stage review
before renewing the contract:
1. The City institute a public comment process.
2. The City convene a town hall event where all stakeholders may make
their views known.
3. That the City review these comments and, as it sees fit, make
The Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) is a NYS non-profit
founded in 1997 and also a fellow At-Large Structure.
As is touched on in the ISOC-NY letter, there is minuscule opportunity
for meaningful public engagement in setting our city's Internet policy
by New York City's individual Internet users. This stems, in part, from
our city charter having been written pre-Internet. An Internet era
rewrite is long overdue. And while there was once a .NYC Community
Advisory Board, it was abolished more than two years ago. Now the city
has indicated that it plans to renew the Neustar contract without any
public consultation. (The city administration is seemingly unfamiliar
with the concept of multistakeholder governance.)
We would appreciate your thoughts and efforts on achieving our goal of a
more responsive, transparent, and accountable governance of the .nyc
TLD. Please take a couple of minutes to send a short note to the mayor.
will allow that. You'll need to select a topic, I suggest we channel
them through the "Ideas or Suggestions" drop down.
Thomas Lowenhaupt, Director, Connecting.nyc Inc.
Secretary, New York Internet Society
P.S. The full Internet Society resolution is copied below with a .pdf
February 6 2017
The Internet Society Chapter of the Greater New York Metropolitan Area
To: Mayor Bill deBlasio,
Cc: Letitia James, Gale Brewer, Melissa Mark-Viverito, James Vacca,
Miguel Gamiño, Jeff Merritt, info at ownit.nyc
Dear Sirs & Madams,
On March 31 2012 New York City signed a 5 year contract with Neustar
Inc, to manage the .nyc Top
Level Domain (TLD). The domain was delegated by ICANN on March
20, 2014 , and went into
operation on May 5 2014 . According to tldstats, as of February
6, 2016, 72,919 domains are
The Internet Society’s New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) is a New York
State registered non-profit founded
in 1997 with the mission “to assure the beneficial, open evolution
of the global Internet, and to
promote local initiatives, maximize the societal benefits which the
Internet can bring to the New
York area.” As such we have taken a keen interest in .nyc as a
public resource. This has included
promoting, recording, webcasting, (and, on occasion, hosting) any
and all public events where the
development of the .nyc TLD has been discussed.
Noting that the Neustar contract is imminently due for renewal, on
January 31, 2017, the ISOC-NY
Board of Directors passed the following resolution:
*“The Internet Society’s New York Chapter urges the city of New
**provide robust outreach and engagement opportunities for the
**stakeholder community prior to renewing the contract that will
**operation of the .nyc TLD registry for the next 5 years.”*
I therefore ask that, before the contract be renewed.
* The City institute a public comment process.
* The City convene a town hall event where all stakeholders may make
their views known.
* That the City review those comments and views and, as it sees fit,
make appropriate adjustments.
President, Internet Society New York Chapter
218 565 9365 president at isoc-ny.org
Appendix 1 - Observations & Nitpicks
* Since a December 2015 high of 87,960 the number of registrations
has been in
steady decline - down approximately 16% 
* 60% of registered domains are parked. 
* According to connecting.nyc many auctioned premium names are
for resale. 
* Neustar Inc.itself is being sold 
* The Community Advisory Board set up by the City  never had
or published minutes, and appears to have been summarily disbanded.
* The FAQ on the ownit.nyc website appears not to have been updated
* Also the ownit.nyc site does not include a list of reserved names
(link is RGP list). 
* However, in 2015, the Mayor’s Office did make a proper info page. 
* The contract says: “Neustar shall publish the website in English
and the top six
non-English languages spoken by City residents, as set forth by
120 (dated July 22, 2008) (“E.O. 120”). This is only done using
thus not checked for accuracy.
* After outreach “community webinars” were held in just 2 of the 5
rollout of ‘neighborhood names’ seems stalled.
* The neighborhoods.nyc template only includes modules from the
with no open API or process to include 3rd parties e.g. BetaNYC.
* Clause 6(g) of the contract calls on Neustar to conduct 50 nexus
There is no documentation that this has been done.
* The nexus requirement, while desirable, may inhibit personal use
of .nyc because of
privacy concerns, as all info is available via whois. The City might
instigate a proxy mechanism for individuals.
* ownit.nyc is not available via IPv6. And also the IPv6 nameserver
give a different result to the IPv4 nameservers. If so, this is not
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