Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Community Colleges to Get ".Edu" Extensions under New Domain Administration in 2001

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Community Colleges to Get ".Edu" Extensions under New Domain Administration in 2001

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Community Colleges to Get ".Edu" Extensions Under New Domain Administration in 2001

The federal agency that oversees the administration of Internet domain names says it expects to hand over control of the ".edu" domain extension to a new subcontractor as early as spring 2001. The change of subcontractors would make it possible for community colleges to be granted the .edu extension for Internet addresses, according to a U.S. Commerce Department official.

"We have to work out the arrangements," says Arthur Brodsky, a spokesman for the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration.

Brodsky acknowledges that the Educause organization, the largest association of higher education information technology professionals in the United States, is a leading candidate to become the administrative body for granting .edu extensions to higher education institutions. Currently, Network Solutions, Inc., an information technology firm in Herndon, Va., has responsibility for registering edu domain names.

Community college officials support the move to put Educause in control of the .edu domain extension because they believe it will smooth the way for granting their institutions the right to use .edu in Internet addresses, a designation that has been prohibited for twoyear schools since 1993. Brodsky says negotiations with Educause or any other organization that takes over the .edu extension will incorporate policy changes that will permit it to be awarded to community colleges.

"We're very sensitive to their frustrations," Brodsky says of community colleges and advocacy groups that have pushed for the domain name policy changes.

Brodsky says the change from Network Solutions to another administrator could happen despite the fact that the information technology firm has a contract that doesn't end until the end of 2001. "We'd work it out [with Network Solutions]," Brodsky says.

Dr. George Boggs, president of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), says he is aware that Educause would be designated by the U.S. Commerce Department as the administrating organization for the .edu domain, a move supported by the Washington, D.C.-based association representing the nation's 1,150 community colleges.

"We're still asking our institutions to make their feelings known. We want them to write the Commerce department and send copies of their letters to their congressional representatives," Boggs says. …

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