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Numbers and Hyphens in .NAME Domain Names

Open: 16 September 2010
Closed: 16 October 2010

Explanation/Background: ICANN is today opening a public comment period on a proposed amendment from VeriSign Information Services, Inc. to Appendices 6 and 11 of the .NAME Registry Agreement.

On 25 August 2010, ICANN posted for public information a request submitted by VeriSign through the Registry Services Evaluation Process to offer numeric-only and numbers & hyphens domain names under .NAME. The VeriSign proposal is available at

As provided for by existing consensus policy, ICANN has undertaken a preliminary determination on whether the proposal might raise significant competition, security or stability issues. ICANN's determination [PDF, 80 KB] is that the proposal does not raise such issues in .NAME.

Implementation of the proposal would require an amendment to Appendices 6 and 11 of the .NAME Registry Agreement. A copy of the proposed amendment is available here: [PDF, 55 KB].

Comments on the proposed amendment submitted to will be considered until 16 Oct 2010 23:59 UTC. Comments may be viewed at

Staff member responsible: Francisco Arias

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