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New Accredited Registrars Announced; Public Comments Invited on Proposed ICANN 2000-2001 Budget

New Accredited Registrars Announced

(May 11, 2000) The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) announced today that fourteen additional companies have qualified to be accredited as domain name registrars in the .com, .net and .org domains. They are:

2Day Internet Limited dba 2Day.com (New Zealand)
7DC, Inc. (Korea)
BB Online UK Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Datasource Network Australia Limited (Australia)
Domainsite.com, Inc. (United States)
FloridaNet, Inc. dba ValueWeb (United States)
Gal Communications Ltd. (Israel)
HKNet Company Limited (Hong Kong)
InfoBack Corporation (United States)
InnerWise, Inc. (United States)
Marksonline, Inc. (United States)
Mr. DomReg.com, Inc. (Canada)
Omnis Network, LLC (United States)
Siteleader, Inc. (United States)

These new 14 bring the total number of companies that have met the criteria for accreditation to 124. The new registrars will become part of the Shared Registration System ("SRS"), the domain name registration system for competitive registrars in the .com, .net, and .org top-level domains. Stability of the Internet and continuity for consumers are protected by the requirement that every business desiring to become a registrar in top-level domains must first become accredited by ICANN. Under the SRS competing ICANN-accredited registrars register domain names utilizing one shared, central registry operated and maintained by Network Solutions, Inc.

For more information on ICANN accreditation and a list of all accredited registrars, see http://www.icann.org/registrars/accreditation.htm.

Public Comments Invited on Proposed ICANN 2000-2001 Budget

ICANN is in the process of formulating its budget for the 2000-2001 fiscal year. A draft budget developed through a consultative process with members of ICANN constituencies was posted on the ICANN web site on March 6 and discussed at the ICANN public meeting in Cairo on March 9. After revisions were made through additional consultation with members of the ICANN community, the proposed budget was discussed by the ICANN Board at its monthly meeting on May 4 and approved for posting for public comment.

The Board invites comments on the revised budget and has established a Public Comment Forum for that purpose. Comments should be made by June 1, 2000, so that they reach the Board in time for its consideration of adopting a budget at its June 2000 meeting.

To review the proposed budget and enter the public comment forum, see http://www.icann.org/financials/proposed-budget-04may00.htm.


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Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."