I would like to make the following points about the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corporation (HKIRC). The government's Information Technology Services Department says the HKIRC is 'private and non-profit making'. Can it explain then why the HKIRC charges double the registration fees of other domain registration companies, such as Joker ($100 a year) and GoDaddy ($62 a year)? Where is the extra money that HKIRC makes going to? If it is being used 'to promote Hong Kong as an international centre for e-commerce', as the department claims, to whom is it accountable and how has it spent its profits so far? The department says the second-level domain registration is 'in response to market demand'. Can the HKIRC prove there is a market demand? It seems the HKIRC has recognised it can force companies which already have a .com.hk suffix to register and pay for another domain name to protect themselves from other firms wishing to cash in on their domain names. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers says the 'primary duty' of managers of country code top-level domains (ccTLD) is to manage registrations 'in the interest of and in consultation with the local internet community'. The HKIRC sent a survey to domain name holders to collect their opinions 'on our new second-level .hk domain name' - seeming to imply it had already decided to allow it to be registered. This is not consultation. In fact, if you visit the website of its subsidiary, the Hong Kong Domain Name Registration Company (HKDNR), you will see it is 'pleased to announce that the new second-level .hk domain name will be launched tentatively by January'. The website says that adopting shorter .hk domain names will highlight companies' local presence and enable them to strengthen their internet branding. It also says the application procedure has been simplified by doing away with the need for documentary proof. But if the registration of a .hk suffix is to highlight a local presence, why is no documentary proof of Hong Kong residence or incorporation required? And how does having a .hk and a .com.hk domain strengthen my branding? If the .com.hk was owned by a different company, this would surely cause confusion and weaken my branding. It is my belief that the HKIRC's objective is to make more money by allowing second-level domain registrations, and nothing it or the Information Technology Services Department says inclines me to think otherwise. Steve Lovell Hong Kong Busy TV viewers rely on recording programmes I am very surprised to discover it is not possible to record programmes on Now Broadband TV. When I checked with Now Broadband TV's technical support, I was told there is copy protection in its TV signal. This is very disappointing. Recording is essential to many viewers as it is generally difficult for busy Hong Kong citizens to watch TV according to broadcasting schedules. Most subscribers, I believe, expect they will be able to record programmes freely, as they do with Cable, TVB or ATV. Now Broadband TV should tell new subscribers about this restriction. Even better, it should abolish its 'no recording' policy. Ronald Maurer Tai Wai, Sha Tin A PCCW spokesman replies: To protect the intellectual property rights of content providers, we have deployed an anti-recording technology on Now Broadband TV which is industry standard for pay -TV services. This degree of content protection allows us to bring quality content to our viewers.