Sorry if this is miles outta line for the list - bu this went out
to the IEDR Forum last night and is relevant to the .IE argy :-)
I have to say I've a lot of respect for the IEDR policies. Yeah,
they're restrictive. It's a feature :) But they're trying to ease
off sensibly, keep their decisions open, reduce the cost, and really
make things easier all round.
----- Forwarded message from Michael Fagan -----
To Whom It May Concern.
As you are aware the IE Domain Registry ( IEDR ) introduced new
policies on 1/1/1999. Since then the IEDR has exercised caution in the
application of these new policies with a view to avoiding future
difficulties for both its clients & itself. At the same time the IEDR
has noted, since the 1/1/1999, the difficulties this has caused to both
its clients & itself in relation to applications rejected, the
documentation required to substantiate an application & the time
involved for both parties in ensuring a correct application form from
applicants. The IEDR is also very conscious that, while abiding
strictly by its managed registry status, it must assist wherever
possible the Irish Internet industry in its revenue & cash flow needs
in a practicable manner ( Refer Point 11, below ). That been said the
IEDR is equally committed to driving down the annual fee cost to the
Irish end users, as demonstrated by its January '99 price reduction of
£8 pa down to £40, & it seeks the active cooperation of the industry in
this goal. The IEDR believes that with these new relaxations & new name
categories, coupled with the IEDR staff's committment to constructively
assist all acceptable applications to be processed rapidly, the unit
cost for each application will be substantially reduced to the
industry. The IEDR is hopeful that the industry will therefore give
serious thought to passing on these unit cost savings to the Irish end
It is interesting to note that the IEDR has been applying these
relaxations, to test their effectiveness, since 1/5/99 & as a result
there were more domain name registrations ( 325 ) in May 1999 than in
any other previous month. It should also be stressed that the IEDR is
still maintaining its own target of processing all correctly submitted
applications within two working days.
The IEDR is therefore pleased to announce the following :
1. Effective from 1/6/1999 there are significant relaxations & new name
categories in place & these are presented in a user friendly Plain
English Guide format - refer www.ucd.ie/hostmaster for details.
2. An additional new name category "Personal Trading Name" will be
added to this plain English Guide within the next 48 hours.
3. An Appeals Process has been formally in place since 1/3/1999 -
further details of this process will appear on the above website, also
within the next 48 hours.
In future any rejected application which necessitates a Hostmaster
judgement call, as opposed to applications which are clearly well
outside the IEDR's current criteria, will automatically carry an advice
as to the applicant's right to appeal & the necessary action to be
taken by the applicant.
4. The IEDR is committed to amending & updating its policies wherever
possible to meet & facilitate the changing needs of various types of
applicants. Initially this will occur every 6/8 weeks & details will be
posted to our website. The IEDR welcomes suggestions from the industry
& the general public to assist it in these regular updates.
All suggestions to : suggestions at domainregistry.ie from Monday, 7th
A notice to this effect will appear on our website within the next 48
5. An Application Form Generator, to assist first time applicants, will
be available on our website from close of business tomorrow - 2/6/1999.
This will be amended when & where necessary, based on comments received
at the above suggestion address.
6. We have noted comments that our website does not reflect
telephone/fax/email contact numbers & addresses &, more importantly,
that first time users are unclear as to which method to use.
>From Wednesday 2nd June 1999 this situation will be rectified.
7. Likewise, we have noted comments, especially from overseas, that our
website address is not intuitive.
>From Monday 6th June 1999 this situation will also be rectified.
8. There have been occasional comments that our published fees & our
fee structure are still not sufficiently visible.
This also will be rectified from Wednesday 2nd June 1999.
9. We are conscious that our website should be more user friendly &
have better presentation.
A contract has recently been signed to rectify this & we anticipate a
totally revamped new-look website within a short space of time.
10. We are currently in the process of recruiting a Customer Services
person to provide a full telephone service within normal office hours.
On appointment we will advise of details on our website of this
11. You may have noted that the IEDR has embarked on a .IE promotional
campaign. The second advertisement is in the DOT.IE June issue ( kindly
ignore the spelling error in same - not of our doing !!! ). The
intention is to now run monthly advertisements in various magazines &
periodicals along the same lines. I would specifically refer you to the
wording in these advertisements - we recommend to the readers that they
should approach ISP's for their domain name requirements. To say the
least, we are hopeful that those ISP's who are subsequently approached
will then submit these applications only to the IEDR. With the
relaxations & new name categories as detailed on our website, in
addition to the above client geared services, we are confident that
such applications will be rapidly processed without undue difficulties.
Finally, I would refer you as a matter of general interest to the Press
Release on our website regarding the recent ICANN meeting in Berlin &
the appointment of Dr. Dennis Jennings.
Assuring you of our best attention at all times.
----- End forwarded message -----
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