Ministry of Public Administration consultation on the management of .tt ccTLD on Wednesday December 17th – what are your thoughts for .tt?

The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society has been invited by the Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) to  a consultation on the .tt country code Top Level Domain policy this Wednesday. From the text of the invitation :

“The .tt ccTLD is the country code top level domain for Trinidad and Tobago. A country code top level domain is an Internet top-level domain, generally used or reserved for a country or a dependent territory. ccTLD identifiers are two letters long, and currently all two-letter top-level domains are ccTLDs. Creation and delegation of ccTLDs is performed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), and generally corresponds to the ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country codes maintained by the United Nations.

In some countries they are very popular (.de is the most popular, second only to .com in number of registrations), less so in others. Some countries use the ccTLD as a revenue generator (.tv) while others use it as a national resource and for country branding (.uk, .au). In general, .tt is little known either inside or outside the country, and there has been little interest among most of the local Internet stakeholders in its use or policies.

The Trinidad and Tobago government has been working on a process to develop a plan for local policy development for the Trinidad and Tobago ccTLD – .tt. It has been run for many years by the ttNIC (a local company), but the time has come to have a national consensus multi-stakeholder policy for the local management of this Internet resource, and an inclusive and transparent consultative process to get there.

The key objective of this consultation is to get the views of Internet stakeholders on the major policy issues that inform the management of the .tt ccTLD. Other objectives of this consultation include:

  • To present models for ccTLD management

  • To discuss guidelines and best practices for ccTLD management
  • To discuss potential for re-delegation of the .tt ccTLD from the current administrator (TTNIC)
  • To identify prioritised actions, processes and indicative schedules for developing the .tt ccTLD as a national resource”

There have been many posts on this to the TTCS discussion mailing list (scroll to the bottom of the page for the responses). Your thoughts?

Trinidad and Tobago Government to run .tt?

The Ministry of Public Administration (MPA) has advertised in the daily newspapers for positions in the Trinidad and Tobago Network Registry Centre (TTNRC).

Ministry of Public Administration ad for IT positions in the Trinidad and Tobago Network Registry Centre
Ministry of Public Administration ad for IT positions in the Trinidad and Tobago Network Registry Centre

What is the TTNRC? From the ad :

“The Trinidad & Tobago Network Registry Centre (TTNRC) is being established with primary responsibility for the administration of the Trinidad & Tobago Country Code Top Level Domain (.tt CCTLD) Registry. The TTNRC’s funclions include the development, operation and maintenance of a National Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure, including related technologies, policies and best practices, facilitating the expansion of online communication and information exchange and ultimately creating new channels for commerce. The TTNRC will be a functional department of the National ICT Centre within the Ministry of Public Administration.

The ad then lists three positions available (links take you to the Trinidad and Tobago Government Human Resource website)  :

The deadline date for applications is given as November 17th, 2008.

The implication from the notice implies that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago via TTNRC will (or wants to) administer and run the .tt ccTLD currently run by the Trinidad and Tobago Network Information Centre (TTNIC).

For more background behind the running of .tt, read the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society’s “Interview with the TTNIC administrator

The most popular matt in the world registers a .tt domain

Matthew Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress.org and the founder of wordpress.com registered ma.tt and blogs about the discovery of .tt and registering ma.tt with TTNIC. He highlights the problems with getting a .tt domain (unable to use credit cards to pay for .tt domains online, waited one week for confirmation that his payment was accepted) but is happy with his new .tt domain. Perhaps this will get more interest in .tt and hopefully more interest by local users to care about .tt TLDs. I’ve noticed that there is a sco.tt domain registered.

For more background behind the running of .tt, read the Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society’s “Interview with the TTNIC administrator

BTW, in case you’re wondering, The Trinidad and Tobago Computer Society also has a .tt domain : https://ttcs.tt/

(updated Sept 16 2018 – updated the TTCS url)