DNCL released a consultation paper in May 2012 about allowing the registration of .nz domain names directly at the second level (see: /second_level_proposal_c1). After examining the 115 submissions received, it was clear that there was no clear consensus as to whether people were for - or against - the proposal.
A major concern expressed by some submitters was that existing registrants could feel “forced” to incur extra costs in registering anyname.nz on top of their existing anyname.co.nz name. To mitigate this issue, DNCL is proposing that existing registrants be able to reserve registration of the equivalent of their current name at the second level (for no cost for at least two years). DNCL believes this modified proposal delivers significant benefits to registrants without disadvantaging those who do not wish to use a name at the second level. There are also other changes to the proposal following the initial consultation.
There are two DNCL policies that would be significantly affected should the proposal go ahead. You will find marked-up copies of these proposed changes in the consultation paper (dnc.org.nz/content/Second_Level_Consultation_Paper_2.pdf or dnc.org.nz/content/Second_Level_Consultation_Paper_2.html). The two policies are:
1 - Registering, Managing, and Cancelling Domain Names (RMC) Policy. The core proposed change to this policy is that registrations would be allowed directly at the second level and that a ‘sunrise period’ would come into effect during any transition period. The highlighted sections of the amended RMC policy document offers more detailed information on these proposed changes (See Appendix B).
2 - Dispute Resolution Service (DRS) Policy. The proposed key change to this policy is that DNCL could consider disputes over some sub-domains linked to generic .nz domain names. More detailed information on this can be found in the highlighted parts of the amended DRS policy document (See Appendix C).
Submissions closed at midday on Wednesday, 31 July 2013.
Submissions are published on this page.
Consultation paper, with appendices
Ministry of Health pdf
ASB Bank Limited pdf
James & Wells pdf
New Zealand Law Society pdf
Department of Internal Affairs pdf
Originally published 3.30pm, Friday 31 May 2013