NTIA-logo.0.JPGCartagena, Columbia, December 6, 2010 - Connecting.nyc Inc. today filed comments with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration in response to its “Global Free Flow of Information on the Internet - [Docket No. 100921457–0457–01] RIN 0660–XA20]” inquiry. The deadline for filing was December 6, a time when Thomas Lowenhaupt, the comments’ drafter, was attending an ICANN meeting in Cartagena, hence the exotic location for the filing of this post.

The comments, “The Impacts of the City-TLD Lacuna on Commerce, Innovation, and Access” addressed the lacuna in the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS) - NO CITY NAMES - and its impacts and lost opportunities to cities.

The comments urged NTIA to support thoughtful research on the role and potential of city-TLDs, something never undertaken by the NTIA or ICANN. “The release of the DNS without city-TLDs has diminished the utility and operational efficiency of cities in a multitude of ways, resulting in an immense lost opportunity cost.” They also noted that “the city-TLD lacuna skewed the Internet’s development toward a global medium to the detriment of cities.”

The comments urged NTIA to peek “outside the silo of telecom policy and toward urban affairs” and the role the Net might play in housing, education, health, and security. And how the Net might be fashioned to help cities “integrate planning and service delivery in these various areas.” The comments predicted that “Huge economic savings and social benefit will arrive with the thoughtful introduction of city-TLDs if  innovation is enabled by thorough planning.”  See the comments here.

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Filed December 6th, 2010 under City-TLDs, Domain Names, NTIA, Civics

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