auDA approves domain name changes

The board of the Australian Domain Authority (auDA) has approved the recommendations of its Name Policy Advisory Panel in full, and will make changes to Australia's domain name policy mid-way through 2001.

The changes approved include the lifting of any limit on the number of domain names an entity can register, the inclusion of trade marks as eligible criteria for domain name registration, and the creation of a reserved list for domain names that may not be licensed.

The board is also working on a strategy to lift the band on the registration of generic domains in the near future, as well as an initiative to create a series of new second-level domains.

The changes should come into effect around the same time auDA attempts to introduce competition in the Australian domain services market.