The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) issued a press release on the 16th November 2000 on their web site announcing the selection of seven registry operators for new TLDs. "The applications selected for further negotiation are the following:
The ICANN staff will now work through the end of the year to negotiate registry agreements with the applicants selected. The proposed schedule for completion of negotiations was December 31, 2000. The negotiated registry agreements must then be approved by the board of directors. Following that approval, the ICANN board will forward its recommendations to the U.S. Department of Commerce for implementation."
BELTRAIDE, on behalf of the Government of Belize (G.O.B), is hereby formally requesting that the Reconsideration Committee review ICANN's decision to issue .biz as a new generic top-level domain (TLD) for operation by the company JVTeam L.L.C. Belize views ICANN's actions in a manner directly contrary to its own published standards for the selection of new TLDs. ICANN's criteria for assessing TLD proposals clearly state that gTLDs that would cause confusion with existing TLDs having similar pronunciations or meanings should be avoided. The creation of a new .biz registry clearly amounts to the creation of a new TLD that is matching in pronunciation and meaning to the present .bz TLD assigned to the country of Belize. Furthermore, confusion between the two TLDs is certain to occur in the promotion and advertising of the proposed .biz TLD and existing .bz TLD. Both TLDs are identically pronounced as "DOT BIZ" and both will be marketed to the same potential customers.
Belize recognizes the possible economic opportunity in marketing and promoting its country code (.bz) as a TLD for "business" on the Internet. Belize with its uniquely good fortune of having a country code (.bz) that enjoys distinct marketability can be marketed successfully as done by other nations throughout the world.
Belize proposes to register domain names and operate the .bz registry as a home business on the Internet. We fell that Belize's potential for economic benefit from .bz will be substantially affected by the issuance of a .biz TLD. Belize is entitled to the free and unencumbered use of its marketplace opportunity and any attempt to use .bz in any of its natural forms (phonetic pronunciation "DOT BIZ") can be viewed as a contravention on Belize's property rights. Therefore, BELTRAIDE is strenuously requesting that the Reconsideration Committee rescind the decision of ICANN to issue .biz as a new generic TLD for operation by the company JVTeam L.L.C.
Amb. Eamon Courtenay
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