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10|06|2008 12:32 pm EDT

Clarifications on .OM Policies

by Adam Strong in Categories: Up to the Minute

In an announcement earlier today, Qinetics was awarded the contract to run the .OM registry.  DNN contacted the press agent on the matter to follow up with a few question.

Will the registry be opening the registration to a global customer base or will the .OM extension only be available to residents of Oman ?
Will the registry be auctioning any domain names ?
Will there be a wild-carding of non-registered domain names such as what is being done on the .CM (cameroon) extension?

In response we were sent the following:
“As answers your questions, the proposed domain name policy framework is currently in public consultation stage, the details are available at TRA’s website

From the consultation document, it can be seen that Oman’s intention is to limit .om domain names to Oman companies. As for wildcard and auction, we apologise that we are not the decision makers so it would be inappropriate for us to comment.”

According to the framework paper, an applicant for the .OM must be “an excellent company registered with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Sultanate of Oman” and is required to show documentation to that effect.  The paper also identifies names that the registry will reserve, forbids the sale of domain names by registrants and addresses the issue of “misspellings and close and substantial connections” in a rule about typos. TRA is still accepting public commentary on all of these proposals through email at fpconsulting@tra.gov.om.

In addition to providing us with this document, RegistryASP responded to our article by issuing the following statement on their blog :

Sorry to burst the bubble for domainers who seeks to monetize on typos but .OM ccTLD registry intent to only limit Oman companies to register domain names. You can read more about their policies over here.

Since the concept of wild-carding these domains doesn’t seem to clarified, these potential typos may still be monetized.  Oman and the registry operators seem to be making an effort try to prevent “domainers” from monetizing these domains with these policies. If there is anything that has been proven over the years, there are plenty of people who will find a way around “policies” to make a buck, “domainer” or not.

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3 Comments

Patricia Kaehler (DomainBELL)

October 8, 2008 @ 6:12 pm EDT

I am embarassed to have to admit I don’t know what you mean by “wildcarding”
in this article…

Can someone show me an example or give me an explanation…

Thank you kindly…

~DomainBELL (Patricia)

Adam Strong

October 8, 2008 @ 6:23 pm EDT

Patricia. . . .
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wildcard_DNS_record
see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sitefinder

Patricia Kaehler (DomainBELL)

October 8, 2008 @ 6:31 pm EDT

thanks adam…

exactly what I needed…

~DomainBELL (Patricia)

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