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Carlos Raul Gutierrez

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Telecom regulation

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Costa Rica

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Carlos Raul Gutierrez
Since I have been following the internet governance world, the DNS has been a constant interest of mine.
In my initial days as commissioner in Costa Rica’s Telecom market opening (2009), I was approached by the organized local IT Community (CAMTIC), to complain about the high pricing of our local ccTLD (.cr). To make the story short today all sides, CAMTIC, nic.cr and myself keep discussing constructively the issue within our “cgi.cr” (styled fully as a copy of the “cgi.br”): we keep hearing complaints about the high price of our .cr on the one hand, while on the other Black Friday Special low introductory prices and other ideas have generated a full range of very cheap .cr subscription for non-profit use (putting it in direct competition with .org by the way). 
Somewhat later, as I had the opportunity to actively represent my country in the GAC in 2012-2014 I lived through the great geographic expansion of TLDs from the applications of the most important cities of the world, adjectives like .swiss and even very innovative ideas like .bar and all the negotiations and PICs it brought about. And while the numbers of Geo Names don’t seem to make a big difference in the overall size of the DNS expansion, my heart still beats faster when it comes to analyzing the particular cases of very specific linguistic and cultural communities that have jumped outside the 2-letter straightjacket for new TLDs, like .cat . bzh and .srb to make a case for their cultural values and distinctiveness. 
As I joined the GNSO Council in 2014 it was a logic opportunity to keep following a very learned discussion between the GNSO and the ccNSO within the Cross Community Working Group on the use of Country and Territory (2-3 letter and codes and full-) Names (CWG UCTN) which I had the opportunity to co-chair with one of the best legal academics in the world on the issue. And while I learned a lot on international law and the importance of the longstanding relationship between geography and trademarks, I think we have not been able to build new bridges between the longstanding and somewhat outdated separation of  TLDs and GeoNames.   
I have no commercial and/or financial interest in the agent that operate in the DNS space in the world and will keep the Council informed of any change in this status.

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