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New Top Level Domain Timeline Takes Another Hit

January 22, 2011Domaining, Domainnamewire, governmental advisory commitee, icann, new tlds, Policy & LawComments Off on New Top Level Domain Timeline Takes Another Hit

More delays likely to handle GAC issues.

ICANN has released details about its upcoming meeting with the Governmental Advisory Committee regarding new top level domain names. Although the meeting will take place ahead of the ICANN meeting in San Francisco this March, the February 28-March 1 get together does not appear to be the final meeting between the two on the matter.

As Kevin Murphy points out, ICANN’s release about the meeting states “This meeting is not intended to address the requirements/steps outlined in the Bylaws mandated Board-GAC consultation process.”

Why does this matter? It means the process will have to be invoked subsequently and another discussion held. ICANN would have to work much faster than usual to get this wrapped up by the San Francisco meeting.

It looked like applications would open up in August this year, but this may put that in jeopardy.

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