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Kiwis speak now or forever hold your web address

Kiwis have been urged to speak up on consultation process that could significantly change New Zealand’s internet structure.

The Domain Name Commission Limited’s (DNCL) proposal, which is now in its second round of public consultation, has put forward the idea of opening domain name registrations directly at the second level.

Should the proposal go forward, this means that people who want to register, say, anyname.co.nz might one day be able to simply register anyname.nz, meaning the ‘.co’ portion is no longer included.

For the general public, this would mean that second level domains like .ac, .co, .geek, .gen, .kiwi, .māori, .net, .org and .school would no longer be required, though people could still opt for them if they wanted to.

DNCL Chair Joy Liddicoat says that there are both potential benefits and potential issues to consider.

“I understand that allowing registrations directly at the second level could cause confusion in the short-term, but also believe it could improve the .nz domain name space in the long-term,” she says.

“For one thing .nz domain names, especially for personal use, do not always easily fit into one category.

"DNCL is concerned that people are being forced to choose a second level domain when there is no technical reason for this.

“If the proposal went ahead, an advantage is that it would offer more choice to consumers.

“On the other hand, one potential issue we have considered is that people might feel as if they need to register their domain names at both second and third levels, for example getting both anyname.co.nz and anyname.nz.”

The DNCL is encouraging New Zealanders to consider these issues carefully and to offer opinion through the submission process by clicking here

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