20(c) Provide a description of the community-based purpose of the applied-for gTLD
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(c) Provide a description of the community-based purpose of the applied-for gTLD
EBU and WBU have developed and encouraged industry standards to communicate between heterogeneous systems and enable industry-wide data exchanges. The advent of the Internet, IP and adequate naming standards facilitates the integration of the industry on a wider scale and its extension to partners, suppliers and customers.
The great potential impact of the proposed domain name deserves recognition by ICANN as a chartered TLD to safeguard its open access by the relevant community.
((Intended registrants in the TLD))
The intended registrants, as explained in response to question 20a above, are those operating radio services, as part of the Radio community including broadcasters and their representative organisations; Internet radios and their organisations; amateur radio operators and their organisations, and companies and other entities providing products and services specifically targeted to the Radio community.
It is not intended that radio listeners become registrants, as this would make eligibility rules extremely complex or even ineffective, name selection difficult to assess and acceptable usage policies hard to monitor. It would further lead to enforcement overburden and compliance levels possibly too low to be acceptable.
((Intended end-users of the TLD or description of the various sub-communities))
The main end-users are those already using broadcast radio channels or stations, as well as Internet users in general, and anybody interested in radio as a service, an industry, a technology, or in any other possible way.
((Related activities the applicant has carried out or intends to carry out in service of this purpose))
Founded in 1950, the EBU promotes cooperation between broadcasters and facilitates the exchange of audio and audio-visual content. It also ensures high quality content and programs, shares knowledge and expertise and promotes the interests of its Members across all areas of its business.
EBU and WBU have developed and encouraged industry standards to communicate between heterogeneous systems that made it possible for radio systems to enable industry-wide data exchanges.
EBU technical activities include research and development of new media as well as standards development. Key areas are Internet content delivery systems and infrastructures, radio data system (RDS), digital audio broadcasting (DAB), digital video broadcasting (DVB), high-definition TV (HDTV). The EBU promotes open technical standards and interoperability. It studies digital technology for production and transmission and issues recommendations on appropriate solutions.
The advent of the Internet, powerful mobile handsets and the adequate domain naming standards further facilitates the integration of the industry to be carried out on a wider scale and extended more easily to its partners, suppliers and listeners worldwide.
On behalf of its members, the EBU transmits sports, news and music events to broadcasters worldwide through its dedicated satellite and fiber network connected directly to broadcasters and other media platforms. EBU services include radio network services, a music exchange for radio, a news exchange for radio and television, radio studies and market research as well as coordination of broadcast retransmission between member and⁄or non-member participants. The EBU conducts collective negotiation of broadcasting and re-transmission rights on behalf of its Members, in particular sports rights. It coordinates joint productions for radio and television.
Eurovision, a department of EBU, is known as the premier distributor of sports and news content for the world’s top broadcast and media platforms. This is a mature and reliable business. It is also known for various international television co-productions coordinated by the EBU, such as the annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) since 1956. EBU is, in financial terms, the largest association of national broadcasters in the world.
((Explanation of how the purpose is of a lasting nature))
The purpose of worldwide radio organisations such as EBU, and other WBU member Unions and other relevant sector organisations, has always been to help their members keep up with technological change. Terrestrial services are evolving , and in keeping with the current trend, radio is increasingly an internet-based or Internet using service. The efforts of the EBU, its Sister Unions and the Radio community at large are aimed at better serving the members of the community and the billion radio listeners worldwide. It is the ʺraison dʹêtreʺ of EBU and the other WBU Unions, in line with the overarching public interest goal of radio as a service. The .radio TLD will evolve with the radio industry, and the reverse is true as well. For radios around the world, being easily accessible over the Internet, within a trusted namespace with easily predictable names is not incidental, it is essential.
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