SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif., Jan. 30, 1998 /PRNewswire/ --
Image Online Design, Inc., working with other domain name industry pioneers
like Iperdome, Inc., expressed support for the US Government's Green Paper,
and pledged to work with the administration to build consensus on their
"Overall, the plan is right on the mark," said
John Frangie, CEO of Image Online Design. "While there are
always minor points to be clarified, the document as a whole appears
workable and fair."
Frangie affirmed that Image Online Design agreed with the
criteria needed to qualify as a registry under the plan. "Image
Online Design has always believed that there needs to be minimum levels of
technical, financial and administrative capabilities to handle the demands
of being an Internet Domain Registry. We meet these criteria now, and
are prepared to demonstrate that and go online immediately."
Jay Fenello, president of Iperdome, concurred.
"Mr. Frangie is absolutely correct. Iperdome has been offering
Personal Domain Name services under the .per(sm) name and TLD for over a
year. We also support such minimum criteria, and we too are prepared
to demonstrate compliance and go online immediately."
Image Online Design has maintained the first and continuous
use of .WEB, registering names in the .WEB domain since August of
1996. The self-named "Council of Registrars," or CORE, was
created some six months after Image Online Design was given permission by
the Internet Assigned Numbering Authority to bring the .WEB registry
online, pending a resolution to the difficult domain name registration
"It would appear that this Green Paper is the
resolution that we have been anticipating for almost two years now,"
said Frangie. "While we have no problem with CORE competing,
their initial claim to be the only new registry was received with much
concern. Now that CORE is no longer asserting thisclaim, we invite
them to choose any top level domain that has not previously been used, and
join in free and open competition," added Frangie.
To help CORE registrars with this difficult transition,
Image Online Design has extended an offer to CORE that would allow them to
register their .WEB pre-registrations with Image Online Design.
"This was done in an effort to minimize the disappointment of CORE
customers who would otherwise not see their .WEB preregistrations
completed," said Frangie.
Image Online Design and Iperdome reiterated their approval
of the Green Paper by noting that now, for the first time, a plan is on the
table that is open and fair to all, and allows for managed competition in
the Internet Domain Name Registration arena. "We look forward to
competing with each other, as well as all registries," said
Fenello. "We also look forward to the end of this debate, and
the beginning of a period of mutual cooperation in this new industry."
When asked what the next step is, Frangie and Fenello
agreed. "First, we will work with the administration's process
to build consensus. Then, we will confirm our compliance with their
criteria, followed by the entry of our TLDs in the root servers."
Image Online Design's .WEB registry may be reached at
http//webtld.com, and Iperdome's .per(sm) registry may be reached at http//www.iperdome.com