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U.S Requests Delay On Generic Top Level Domain Rollout

Published December 4, 2010

A December 2 letter from the United States Department Of Commerce has requested ICANN delay approval for the launch of new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) next week.

The letter from Lawrence Strickling to ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom criticises ICANN, claiming "apparent failure of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to carry out it's obligations as specified in the Affirmation of Commitments."

Specifically, Mr. Strickling claims ICANN has not performed a satisfactory economic study of gTLD implementation, nor has it provided a "thorough and reasoned explanation of decisions taken".

Strickling says the U.S Government is currently reviewing the gTLD Final Applicant Guidebook and supporting documentation, but it will take more than 20 working days. 

On December 3, the day after the United States Department Of Commerce letter,  ICANN announced  a follow up to an independent economic analysis has now been completed, entitled "Economic Considerations in the Expansion of Generic Top-Level Domain Names, Phase II Report".

ICANN says the expansion of the generic top-level domain space will allow for a greater degree of innovation and choice. With competition for .com domain names and available, suitable names now limited, it says some companies may become early adopters of new TLDs to satisfy their marketing needs. ICANN says there will also be opportunities for community and geographic top-level domains, such as .blog, .brand, and .city.

Letter Source (PDF)

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