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The Protocol Council of the Protocol Supporting Organization submitted the following statement on new TLDs:

Subject: new TLDs
Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2000 11:40:33 -0400
From: Steve Bellovin <smb@research.att.com>
To: touton@icann.org (Louis Touton)
CC: pso-pc@ietf.org

1) We see no technical problems caused by the creation of a relatively small number of new gTLDs.
2) We recommend that the root servers be monitored for increased load caused by these new gTLDs.
3) We suggest that they be semantically "far" from existing gTLDs, to avoid confusion. Thus, .corp would be be bad, because it is too similar to .com.
4) Names reserved by RFCs (or near RFCs) should be avoided, notably "local" (from the HTTP State Management draft, which is about to be named a BCP) and those names listed in RFC 2606.

--Steve Bellovin

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