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Description of TLD Policies


I. GENERAL TLD POLICIES (Required for all TLDs. Note that two special policy areas--policies during the start-up period and restrictions on who may register within the TLD and for what purpose--are covered in sections II and III below.)

E1. In General. Please provide a full and detailed description of all policies to be followed in the TLD (other than those covered in response to items E11-E21). If the TLD's policy on a particular topic is proposed to be identical to that reflected by a particular version of any of the following documents, it is sufficient for your response to identify the topic, to give a brief summary of the policy, and for the details to reference the document and section:

General TLD policies are described in E2 through E10.

Your response should comprehensively describe policies on all topics to be followed in connection with the proposed TLD. The following items (E2-E10) are examples only and should not limit your description.

E2. TLD String. Please identify the TLD string(s) you are proposing. For format requirements for TLD strings, see the answer to FAQ #5.

The requested TLD string is .one.

This TLD fulfills the goals of this proposal, and distinguishes itself clearly from other TLDs.

  • The word “one” as the TLD label signifies to users that the TLD is for names made up of digits. Users will remember that the .one TLD is primarily for numbers, leading them to look for an all-numeric SLD in .one before another TLD.

  • The meaning of “one” is not confused by use in different languages.

  • No other TLD sounds similar to “one” when spoken, no other TLD has a similar meaning, and no other TLD is spelled similarly.

  • The TLD .one is not reserved by any RFCs and is outside the scope of IPv6 (unlike, for example, ".cab," which may be confused with an IPv6 label).

To make the TLD even more recognizable internationally, the applicant considered also requesting TLDs meaning “one” in other languages. However, this alternative would have created significant possibilities for confusion and would still be limited to Roman-character alphabets where the word for “one” was at least three and not significantly more than three characters.

An eventual transition to the TLD .1 could offer even greater advantages. It is even more international (not language specific), easy to remember, and can be entered using a 10-digit keypad (this is significant because the applicant's proposal will facilitate the connection of handheld devices to the Internet, and many such devices will not have a full keyboard). The applicant recognizes, however, that the use of TLD strings beginning with a digit is not clearly permitted under existing IETF standards, and therefore has been excluded by ICANN. The applicant intends to pursue a clarification through the IETF that such a TLD string can operate without any negative impact on the DNS. The applicant believes that such a clarification can be obtained, based on: (1) existing language in RFC 1123 stating, "One aspect of host name syntax is hereby changed: the restriction on the first character is relaxed to allow either a letter or a digit"; (2) the fact that implementation of IPv6 will require that applications distinguish between IP addresses and domain names where the first character of either may include letters; and (3) the applicant has conducted extensive testing, and continues to do so, showing that a TLD string beginning with a digit is stable and fully functional in the DNS.

E3. Naming conventions. Describe the naming conventions and structure within the TLD. E.g., will registrants have names registered at the second level (directly under the TLD, as in, or will the TLD be organized with sub-domains so that registered domain names are created at a lower level (as in

Registrations initially will be limited to names containing only digits. This policy may be changed only upon approval of the Registry Policy Board, and only after a finding that adequate policies are in place to address intellectual property rights and other issues arising from names containing characters.

Registrants may register any SLD consisting of digits, subject to the following limitations: (1) all SLDs of eight or fewer characters are reserved, and (2) all SLDs matching international telephone country codes as established by the ITU are restricted as described in E17.

Registrants may make unlimited use of third-level domain names (except as subject to the restrictions in E17 below). Registrants may maintain third-level domains on their own servers. Group One Registry, Inc. may offer a technology allowing both second- and third-level domains to be assigned dynamically to any device designated by the registrant.

E4. Registrars. Describe in detail the policies for selection of, and competition among, registrars. Will domain-name holders deal through registrars, directly with the registry operator, or some combination of the two? What are the respective roles, functions, and responsibilities for the registry operator and registrars? If registrars are to be employed, how and by whom will they be selected or accredited? If the number of registrars will be restricted, what number of registrars will be selected? Have the qualifying registrars already been selected? On what basis will selections among those seeking to be registrars be made, and who will make them? If registrars are to be used, what mechanisms will be used to ensure that TLD policies are implemented?

Group One Registry, Inc. will issue domain names only through designated registrars. With ICANN's permission, Group One Registry, Inc. will utilize the ICANN accreditation process to designate eligible registrars, and will issue names only through ICANN-accredited registrars. Group One Registry, Inc. will provide an Enhanced Registry Registrar Protocol to all accredited registrars, at no cost, to enable the enhanced services offered by Group One Registry, Inc. (principally, the "fat" registry).

Group One Registry, Inc. will enter into a license agreement with participating accredited registrars. The form of the license agreement will be substantially similar to the NSI-Registrar License and Agreement in place for existing TLDs, except with regard to Whois information. Group One Registry, Inc. will maintain a registry providing Whois information for all names registered in the TLD directly from the registry.

E5. Intellectual Property Provisions. Describe the policies for protection of intellectual property. Your response should address at least the following questions, as appropriate to the TLD:

E5.1. What measures will be taken to discourage registration of domain names that infringe intellectual property rights?

The limitation to names composed of digits will eliminate the majority of intellectual property problems with the new TLD. This statement is supported by the letter provided to Group One Registry by the World Intellectual Property Organization. As noted above, character-based names will be permitted, if ever, only upon a determination by the Registry Policy Board that adequate measures are in place to protect intellectual property rights. To make this determination, the Registry Policy Board will consult with affected parties as required by the Bylaws of Group One Registry, Inc. In addition, the limitation to names composed of digits will limit the incentive for registrations with the intent to resell (cybersquatting), because it will be quite difficult to determine what digit string a particular party may wish to register. A particular string of digits will have no independent meaning until it is used to point to a specific device, so prospective squatters will not be able to predict which names might be of value. The only exception to this might be names that correspond to existing telephone numbers, and the internationally unique embodiment of those names is protected from cybersquatters by the TLD restrictions (see E17).

E5.2. If you are proposing pre-screening for potentially infringing registrations, how will the pre-screening be performed?

The nature of the domain does not require pre-screening, therefore, this is not applicable.

E5.3. What registration practices will be employed to minimize abusive registrations?

See E5.1 above.

E5.4. What measures do you propose to comply with applicable trademark and anti-cybersquatting legislation?

To the extent that parties have recognized intellectual property rights in strings of nine or more digits (strings of eight or fewer are reserved as described in E3 above), Group One Registry, Inc. wishes to ensure that those rights are protected. Group One Registry, Inc. will adhere to the instructions of any court of competent jurisdiction or recognized administrative panel to cancel, suspend, or transfer a registration. Group One Registry, Inc. will administer this policy in accordance with the terms of the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy.

E5.5. Are you proposing any special protections (other than during the start-up period) for famous trademarks?

We have consulted with the World Intellectual Property and we share the opinion that this domain is designed to minimize conflict with famous trademarks.

E5.6. How will complete, up-to-date, reliable, and conveniently provided Whois data be maintained, updated, and accessed concerning registrations in the TLD?

Group One Registry, Inc. will operate a "fat" registry. All Whois data will be maintained at the registry level. The data will be updated nearly in real time, and maintenance of Whois data will be an important part of the agreement between Group One Registry, Inc. and the Registry Operator. The Whois data will be available on Port 43 and via the Web, and will be escrowed to protect against any data failure.

E6. Dispute Resolution. Describe the policies for domain name and other dispute resolution. If you are proposing variations to the policies followed in .com, .net, and .org, consider the following questions:

E6.1. To what extent are you proposing to implement the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy?

As described in E5, Group One Registry, Inc. will adhere to the terms of the ICANN Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy to resolve disputes involving domain name registrations.

E6.2. Please describe any additional, alternative, or supplemental dispute resolution procedures you are proposing.

We are not proposing any supplimental procedures and will consult with our Registry Advisory Board.

E7. Data Privacy, Escrow, and Whois. Describe the proposed policies on data privacy, escrow and Whois service.

E7.1. Privacy

Group One Registry, Inc. recognizes the importance of protecting privacy. Those protections must be consistent with the need to provide information about who has registered names in the DNS, both to facilitate resolution of disputes and to ensure that TLD restrictions are followed. To comply with local requirements in some jurisdictions, Group One Registry, Inc. will allow registrants to indicate that their telephone and fax numbers should not appear on the publicly available Whois information, and Group One Registry, Inc. will honor such requests. Other information about administrative, technical, and billing contacts (including name, organization, postal and email addresses) will be available to ensure that the public has the necessary information about registrants to protect against abuse and infringement, in accordance with national law.

E7.2. Escrow

Group One Registry, Inc. will require the registry operator to place in escrow full sets of registry data each week and updates to data each day. The escrow will be with a reputable agent mutually acceptable to Group One Registry, Inc. and ICANN on terms substantially similar to those in the ICANN-NSI Registry Agreement, providing that Group One Registry, Inc. may access the data at any time (ensuring that it can provide ongoing, stable service, including through the use of another registry operator if necessary) and ICANN will receive the data in the event that Group One Registry, Inc.'s registrar agreement with ICANN expires without renewal or is terminated.

E7.3. Whois

Group One Registry, Inc. will provide a "fat" registry service. Whois data about all registrants will be available directly from Group One Registry, Inc. The data available will include the administrative, technical, and billing contacts for the registrant (with name, organization, postal address, email address, telephone number and facsimile number, except where limited by privacy considerations as noted above), as well as the date of first registration, date of last modification, date of expiration, and the name server associated with the name. The registrars and the registry operator will have no ownership interest in the Whois information.

E8. Billing and Collection. Describe variations in or additions to the policies for billing and collection.

Group One Registry, Inc. will invoice each participating registrar monthly for names registered during the preceding month. Based upon the registrar's creditworthiness as determined by Group One Registry, Inc., payment may be made through letter of credit, deposit account, or other terms. Payment will be required at the time of registration.

E9. Services and Pricing. What registration services do you propose to establish charges for and, for each such service, how much do you propose to charge?

E9.1. Name Registration

The fee charged to registrars to register a name shall be no more than $6 per name per year. Discounts may be offered for registration of a large number of names in the same order purchased in a single transaction. To the extent such discounts are offered, they will be available on a non-discriminatory basis to all registrars. No paid services other than name registration are proposed at this time.

E10. Other. Please describe any policies concerning topics not covered by the above questions.

E10.1 Transfers Between Registrars

Any and all transfers of registrations between registrars must be authorized by the registrant prior to the transfer. At the time of transfer, the registrar will be charged for a one-year extension of the registration. The extension will be measured from the end of the then-current registration period.

E10.2 Renewals

At the end of the registration period, the registration will be automatically renewed for one year and the registrar will be charged for the renewal. If the registrar notifies the registry within 90 days to cancel the registration, the renewal fee will be refunded to the registrar.

E10.3 Modifications

There is no charge for modifications to registration data, in order to encourage registrants to maintain updated information.

E10.4 Nameservers

There must be at least two nameservers for the domain (with addresses specified in the request) operating at the time the request is submitted. There is no restriction on the IP address of these nameservers.


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