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Email from Hakon Haugnes to Tina Dam

Date: February 23, 2004
From: Hakon Haugnes
To: Tina Dam
Subject: Monthly Billing Promotion available on .NAME

Dear Tina,

As the first and only gTLD, Global Name Registry is now making .NAME addresses available at Monthly Billing, which will provide for monthly billing of .NAME domains and email addresses.

Monthly billing enables all Registrars and their resellers to charge the end users on a monthly basis instead of charging the entire domain name registration fee upfront. Instead of charging the entire registration fee upfront, Global Name Registry will charge each Registrar for the applicable registrations at the end of each calendar month. Billing will be done each month at 1/12 of the applicable yearly price for as long as the domain name is registered.

We believe this is a unique, entirely new and very exciting offer in the gTLD marketplace and allows .NAME as the first gTLD to fit perfectly with the business models of consumer portals, telcos, ISPs and similar.

The Monthly Billing Promotion entails no changes to the Registry, WHOIS, DNS or email systems. Each such Monthly Domain will be registered in the Registry as a one-year registration of a .NAME email address and third level domain name ("Online Identity"/"Dual Registration"), and will have no technical difference from a normal Online Identity.

This enables Registrars to launch monthly billed .NAME addresses with no technical changes.

For more information on terms and conditions, the monthly billing promotion contract, or other assistance in launching a .NAME promotion to customers and resellers, as always, all Registrars are invited to contact Global Name Registry via phone or email at

We look forward to working with all .NAME Registrars who wish to pursue this exciting opportunity and dramatically grow .NAME in 2005.


Hakon Haugnes
Global Name Registry

Domain Name System
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"""" is not an IDN."