auDA Panel recommends new geographic 2LDs - state/territory.au

Posted by Jo Lim on 15 October 2002

Melbourne, 15 October 2002 - auDA's New Names Advisory Panel has recommended that auDA create eight new second level domains (2LDs) for Australian states and territories - act.au, nsw.au, nt.au, qld.au, sa.au, tas.au, vic.au, wa.au

The Panel commends the proposal developed by the One City One Site (OCOS) working party, which is aimed at reserving geographic names for use by the relevant community.

The proposed domain structure is placename.state/territory.au - for example, bathurst.nsw.au or ballarat.vic.au

Use of the new domain names would be restricted to community web site portals that reflect community interests, such as local business, tourism, historical information, special interest groups, and cultural events.

Public comments received to date have demonstrated strong support for the proposal, including from the Online Council of Australian Government IT Ministers.

The auDA Board has asked the Panel to undertake one more formal public consultation before submitting its final recommendations. The Board is concerned to ensure that the Australian Internet community has advance notice of, and opportunity to comment on, what will amount to a significant change to the Australian DNS.

The deadline for comments is Tuesday 5 November 2002.

More information is available at New Names Advisory Panel.

-ENDS-

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Chris Disspain
Chief Executive Officer
auDA
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