As We Predicted .XXX Decision Is Pushed Off Until Brussell Meeting

As we predicted in our blog post last month, ICANN pushed off a a vote on ICM Registry’s proposal to run the  .XXX domain name extension to “no later than its Brussels meeting,” which is scheduled for June 20-25.

ICANN directed its general counsel and chief executive to formulate “possible process options” to the plan that would be available for public comment.

The ICANN board will  post the options and a report within 14 days on its website.

The options will be posted for 45 days.

ICANN board member Rita Rodin Johnston said that the panel worked diligently in reviewing ICM Registry’s appeal to its proposal through the week that started Sunday.

“I just want to assure everyone in the community that the board takes this decision [by dispute-resolution jurists] very seriously … we intend to continue moving very quickly in making a decision,” Rodin said.

After the meeting, ICM Registry CEO Stuart Lawley said he plans to be patient over ICANN’s latest move on the .XXX matter.

“We note the ICANN board resolutions and are looking forward to seeing the proposals in the next 14 days for the process to implement the independent review panel’s decision,” he said.

We are not surprised the ICANN is pushing this decision off for several reasons:

.XXX which would create a red light district on the Internet remains the is the most controversial of all possible new extensions.

As of last night there were over 350 stories on it on Google news from sources from Abc News to the Harvard Law Record, to individual adult site operators all discussing the fact that ICANN was going to consider allowing the .XXX extension.

There is a ton of interest in the extension, and huge opposition to it.

ICANN was not going to jump in feet first based on a 2-1 non-binding opinion of a independent panel, which had an 8 page strong dissenting opinion, without furthering considering the issue.

I’m sure there will be a ton of news and thoughts coming out in the next couple of day, weeks and months and we will keep you up to date.

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