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Dealer.com’s mission is to be the most sought after automotive web solutions provider in the world. Dealer.com pursues this mission with the highest degree of integrity and a focus on creating superior products, satisfied clients and empowered employees - all with minimal impact on the environment.
Dealer.com’s solutions include those for franchise automotive dealers, independent auto dealers, dealer groups, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and advertising agencies. Its proprietary platform is a customizable, multilayered software application that not only creates SEO-friendly websites but also features a completely integrated toolkit for dealerships both large and small.
This integrated platform has been engineered for maximum efficiency and performance to empower its customers’ connections with consumers. Built from the ground up and using the latest technology, Dealer.com offers the most powerful digital marketing platform in the industry, aggregating the following solutions:
Online Advertising: Paid search management, email marketing, search engine optimization, social media & blogging;
Dealer Websites: Inventory integration, merchandising tools, mobile sites, custom branding;
Inventory Marketing: Video, incentives and specials, eBrochures, window stickers;
Lead Management: Contacts, leads, auto-responder management, lead life cycle and sales process; and
Performance Analytics: Call tracking, site activity and lead tracking, merchandising tracking, pay-per-click and advertising tracking.
Dealer.com also offers an array of Digital Marketing services that involve strategy, project management, consulting, training and regular maintenance to achieve maximum results for its customers. Dealer.com solutions also include Managed Services, training and award-winning customer service to complement its innovative platform.
18.1.2 Mission and Purpose
The intended mission and purpose of the .DEALER gTLD is to serve as a trusted and intuitive namespace for the benefit of Dealer.com, its qualified subsidiaries’, affiliates’ customers and other Internet users. The .DEALER gTLD will deepen and broaden these entities’ relationships with those audiences.
The .DEALER gTLD may be thought of most appropriately as a “Brand TLD” in that it serves primarily to provide a trusted, hierarchical and intuitive namespace for businesses that use Dealer.com’s broad range of online dealership products and services. Although ICANN has not specifically recognized a Brand TLD category, such as the .DEALER gTLD, in the current round, it is widely anticipated in the brand community that this will become a specialty subset of gTLDs. The .DEALER gTLD is planned to protect Dealer.com’s online presence and identity, expand its marketing and promotion efforts, provide a secure channel for online products and services, and offer a platform through which to consolidate many of the intellectual property activities of Dealer.com.
Dealer.com intends to initially limit registration and use of domain names within the .DEALER gTLD to Dealer.com and its qualified partners and affiliates. This initial limited use will allow Dealer.com to establish .DEALERʹs operations and achieve full sustainability. This limited distribution coupled with the other requirements set forth in Specification 9 of the template Registry Agreement is intended to exempt Dealer.com from its annual Code of Conduct Compliance requirements.
After the initial stages of operation, Dealer.com will evaluate whether opportunities exist to carry out the business strategy for the gTLD through expansion that continues the sustainable operations of the registry through fee-based registrations to parties other than Dealer.com and its qualified partners and affiliates.
1. Stage One
The initial stage of implementation of the gTLD will involve the .DEALER gTLD registering a limited number of .DEALER second-level domain names. This stage is designed to meet Dealer.com’s existing corporate requirements for use of domains including:
(1) Testing by Dealer.com’s IT to ensure full administrative and technical access to the domain names.
(2) Testing by Dealer.com’s security personnel to ensure unbroken and secure use of all names.
(3) Testing by IT personnel and users to ensure interoperability with various software and web-based applications.
2. Stage Two
Once all testing has been successfully completed, Dealer.com will begin allocating domain names in the .DEALER gTLD for more widespread corporate use. During this same period of time, Dealer.com may begin evaluating strategies to migrate traffic away from its existing second-level domain name, to Dealer.com’s new .DEALER gTLD.
It is in Stage Two, that Dealer.com will also evaluate and potentially expand the operations of the .DEALER gTLD to permit registration by other registrants such as licensees or other strategic partners. The dates of such expansion are subject to change depending upon business, strategic and industry factors at the time.
3. Stage Three
The third stage may potentially involve the migration of Internet traffic away from the gTLDs in which Dealer.com’s domain names are currently registered, and toward the new Dealer.com branded gTLD, if Dealer.com has not already executed on this strategy earlier. Based on its experience in the initial stages, Dealer.com will assess whether its business plan and expansion strategy should be augmented by extending registration rights to third parties beyond licensees and⁄or strategic partners. It is anticipated by Dealer.com that changes to the domain name industry, and particularly the impact of the .DEALER gTLD, will take a number of years to be felt and assessed. Any decision to expand the gTLD beyond corporate, partner and licensee use and permanently migrate traffic away from existing gTLDs will take into effect this experience as well as the technical analysis of potential expansion.
Utilizing current projections based upon Dealer.com’s existing and future business plans, current domain name portfolio, and other strategic factors, Dealer.com estimates second-level domain name registrations to be in line with the projections set forth in the financial template provided in the response to Question 46 of this application.
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18.1 Mission and Purpose of .PROTECTION
Symantec Corporation (“Symantec”) is a leading global provider of information security and protection, serving the needs of consumers around the world, with more than 18,500 employees and operations in numerous countries. Symantec’s products are available for purchase online to consumers and Symantec’s online content is accessible in the .COM gTLD and in multiple ccTLDs, including .CA, .DE, .EU, and .RU. Symantec is applying for four generic-term gTLDs: .PROTECTION and .SECURITY, which correspond with Symantec’s core competencies, and .CLOUD and .ANTIVIRUS, which correspond to Symantec’s products.
The intended future mission and purpose of the .PROTECTION gTLD is to serve as a trusted, hierarchical, secure, and intuitive namespace provided by Symantec for its consumers. Symantec is committed to moving forward with a .PROTECTION gTLD application; however at the time of filing this application, there has not been enough time, and currently there is not enough market information available, to fully analyze and evaluate all potential use case options.
Symantec will be analyzing and evaluating other gTLD applications as well as general market adoption to determine short- and long-term potential best-in-class use case options to most effectively serve and enhance Symantec’s online strategy as a leading provider of information security and protection. As a company, Symantec’s unique focus is to eliminate risks to information, technology, and processes independent of the device, platform, interaction, or location. Symantec helps individuals, small and medium-sized businesses, and global organizations ensure that their information, technology infrastructures, and related processes are protected and easily managed. Symantec delivers solutions that allow customers to access information when they need it and make it available to all of those who should have access to it. The .PROTECTION gTLD will be in line with the company’s current focus by providing a trusted, hierarchical, secure, and intuitive namespace.
Protection and security are at the core of Symantec’s offerings, and will continue to remain at that core into the future. Symantec will always be in the business of providing protection and security to its consumers. Symantec aims to protect completely; with Symantec, customers can protect more of their information and technology infrastructure, in greater depth, wherever that information is stored or used. Therefore, the .PROTECTION gTLD will become one of Symantec’s core assets. The .PROTECTION gTLD is intended to enhance Symantec’s online presence and identity; expand its marketing and promotion efforts; provide a secure channel for online products and services; and offer a platform through which to consolidate many of the intellectual property activities of Symantec.
Symantec intends to initially limit registration and use of domain names within the .PROTECTION gTLD to Symantec and its qualified subsidiaries and affiliates. This initial limited use will allow Symantec to establish its operations and achieve full sustainability. This limited distribution coupled with the other requirements set forth in Specification 9 of the template Registry Agreement is intended to exempt Symantec from its annual Code of Conduct Compliance requirements.
After Stage 2 (see below), Symantec will evaluate whether opportunities exist to carry out the business strategy for the gTLD through expansion that continues the sustainable operations of the registry through fee-based registrations to parties other than Symantec and its qualified subsidiaries and affiliates.
Symantec currently plans a three-stage rollout for the .PROTECTION gTLD:
1. Stage 1
The initial stage of implementation of the gTLD will involve Symantec registering a limited number of .PROTECTION second-level domain names.
This initial use will provide Symantec’s IT and security personnel the time to run a number of tests to ensure seamless and secure access using the .PROTECTION gTLD domain names, interoperability with various software and Web-based applications, and unbroken and secure use of all names. This initial allocation will also allow the appropriate Symantec staff to coordinate with the internal and external staff responsible for the delegation and setup phases of the .PROTECTION gTLD to ensure a proper transition from delegation to full operation.
2. Stage 2
Once all testing has been successfully completed, Symantec will begin allocating domain names in .PROTECTION for more widespread internal corporate use. It is in Stage 2 that Symantec will evaluate expanding the operations of the gTLD to permit registration by other registrants such as licensees and⁄or strategic partners. Should an assessment of its expansion strategy lead to a decision to extend registration rights to other parties, this expansion is currently planned to take place during Stage 3. However, any expansion would be conditioned upon a review of Specification 9 (Registry Code of Conduct) set forth in the template Registry Agreement to ensure compliance with Symantec’s business model.
3. Stage 3
Based on its evaluations, Symantec will assess and determine whether its business plan and expansion strategy should be augmented by extending registration rights to a broader class of licensees, strategic partners, customers of Symantec, and⁄or other third parties. It is anticipated by Symantec that changes to the domain name industry, and particularly the impact of generic term gTLDs, will take at least five years to be realized and assessed. Any decision to expand the gTLDs beyond corporate, subsidiary, and affiliate use will take into account this experience as well as the technical analysis of potential expansion.
Notwithstanding this potential future expanded use of the .PROTECTION namespace beginning in the sixth year of operation, Symantec currently anticipates implementing a throttle mechanism to ensure that any proposed expansion is controlled and responsible.
Specifically, under the throttle mechanism Symantec would cease registration of domain names to this potential expanded universe of registrants if and when Symantec reaches 90 percent of the annual 50,000-domain name transaction currently provided for in the template Registry Agreement. Symantec believes that is prudent to incorporate this “time-out” into the business plan in order to reevaluate potential future growth and the necessary resources to ensure that this growth does not negatively impact the secure and stable operation of the .PROTECTION namespace when approaching the 50,000-domain name transaction threshold. This proposed “time-out” mechanism is described in greater detail in the responses to the financial questions (Question 45-50).
The potential use of the .PROTECTION gTLD will also be driven by Symantec’s future business strategies as identified in its annual report and investor filings, see: http:⁄⁄investor.symantec.com⁄phoenix.zhtml?c=89422&p=irol-reports.
Utilizing current projections based upon Symantec’s existing businesses, future business plans, current domain name portfolio, and other strategic factors, Symantec estimates second-level domain name registrations to be in line with the projections set forth in the financial template provided in response to Question 46 of this application.