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Sunrise / Sunset ISTP Namespace Registration Period Rules

Sunrise / Sunset rules are established by the InterStream association to ensure that domain name system holders may certify their existing names. The certification process allows an existing domain name holder to reserve or purchase their corresponding ISTP name. Certified ISTP names may act as originators on the grid. ISTP root prefixes, that is, those names without a Top Level Domain (TLD) extension, have specific rules for registration during the sunrise and sunset periods.

In order to allow sufficient time to register their ISTP names per the association ITOSA, sunrise and sunset periods have been established. The sunrise period is a six month window that will begin during the pilot. Existing .COM TLD owners may register their corresponding ISTP names. Other TLD holders may also register their portal names with their corresponding TLD suffix. After the sunrise period has expired, a sunset period sets in allowing other TLD owners with .NET, .NAME, .ORG, .EU, .BIZ, .US, .MOBI, .INFO and .WS names to register their corresponding ISTP name if the .COM owner has not yet registered it. The sunset period will be on a first come, first served basis. In other words, the owner of a TLD name, other than .COM, may register the ISTP name plus TLD if it has not already been registered by another corresponding TLD holder. The sunset period is expected to last four months and begin after the expiration of the sunrise period.

After these periods are complete, anyone may purchase ISTP names from an authorized registrar. InterStream expects major ICANN accredited domain name system registrars to retail ISTP names from their existing websites. InterStream and Cambix are working with a major domain name registrar to offer ISTP name registration services during the pilot. The following tables will help clarify the proposed rules:

Period

ISTP Namespace Rules

Estimated Term during InterStream Pilot

Sunrise

  • .COM TLD holders may certify their existing domain name and register the corresponding ISTP .COM name as well as the ISTP name without the .COM prefix.
    For example, the holder of "foo.com" may register the ISTP names "istp://foo", and "istp://foo.com".
  • Existing TLD holders of all other ICANN names may register their corresponding name.
    For example, the holder of "foo.net" may register the corresponding ISTP name "istp://foo.net".

6 Months

Sunset

  • .COM TLD holders and other existing TLD holders may certify their existing domain name and register the corresponding ISTP name on a first come, first served basis.
    For example, one of the owners of "foo.com", "foo.net", "foo.edu" or other "foo.TLD" may register the corresponding ISTP name, "istp://foo".
  • Other TLD holders may register their corresponding ISTP names as they could during the Sunrise period.
    In addition, ISTP root prefix holders may register other corresponding ISTP names including other TLDs if they have not already been registered.
    For example, the holder of ICANN name foo.org, may register the ISTP name "istp://foo.org" and may also register "istp://foo.com" if it has not already been registered by the .COM TLD holder.

4 Months

Media Grid Fully Operational

  • Names which have not yet been certified may be registered on a first come, first served basis. Existing domain namespace owners who wish to purchase ISTP names must make private arrangements with the existing ISTP name owner for purchase.
  • InterStream does not currently intend to offer an escrow or brokerage service for ISTP names. Existing domain name registrars and others are expected to create a marketplace for uncertified and unregistered names.

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Certification Process for existing Domain Names

Domain Name Holder requests certified ISTP Name from InterStream registrar

InterStream registrar validates name holder's credentials via certified and secure whois database lookup

Domain name holder receives certified ISTP Name from InterStream registrar for nominal fee

InterStream is working toward establishing a relationship with another registrar which can offer support for other TLDs, including ccTLDs, beyond .NET, .NAME, .ORG, .EU, .BIZ, .US, .MOBI, .INFO and .WS during the pilot.

Slightly before the media grid becomes fully operational, InterStream will submit the ISTP root prefix namespace to WIPO for management consideration under the Domain Name Dispute Resolution Service.

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