NIUE PASSES LEGISLATION DECLARING .NU DOMAIN NAME A NATIONAL ASSET

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ALOFI, Niue (March 2, 3000 – TalaNET News)---The Niue Legislative Assembly this week passed the Communications Amendment Bill 2000 declaring the .nu ccTLD (Country Code Top Level Domain) a national resource.

This is a landmark win for the government, which hopes will assist its attempt to negotiate a contractual agreement with Internet User Society-Niue (IUS-N), the current .nu registry managers.

The same Act also stated that the Niue Information Technology Committee (NITC) shall be the only designated Registry Manager of the Niue ccTLD .nu and also Cabinet’s advisory body on technology related issues.

An increasing number of countries, including Pacific Island nations, now regard the ccTLD as a valuable asset.

Stories like Tuvalu pocketing $20 million from its .tv domain has highlighted interest in this topic by fund stricken small governments around the world.

Pitcairn Island recently got back .pt and American Samoa is feuding with the .as registry manager.

In Australia, outgoing auDA (.au Domain name Authority) CEO Joseph O'Reilly suggested Australia ask ICANN to assign .au rights to the government and they should legislate to be able to do it.

 

NIUE INTERNET USERS WARNED FREE SERVICE MAY SOON END

ALOFI, Niue (March 4, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Internet users in Niue have been warned that they soon may be forced to pay for e-mail and Internet connections.

The Niue government earlier this week passed the Communications Amendment Act, which calls for the nationalization of Internet services on the island.

The Internet Users Society of Niue says it is not surprised by the move, as it had been foreshadowed by MP Toke Talagi last June.

The society warned users there could be interruptions to current services, and that the government likely soon will attempt to charge for e-mail and Internet connections, which currently are free.

A society spokesperson said the legislation will have no effect on the registration of .nu domain names outside Niue.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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