ICANN Declares Initial Evaluation Of New gTLD’s Over But There Are 29 To Go Including .Search & .ABC

In a press release this afternoon ICANN proudly announced that the "Initial Evaluation (IE) phase of the new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD) program is concluded." “This is an extraordinary landmark which demonstrates the progress in this program,” said Akram Atallah, President of ICANN’s Generic Domains Division. "We are looking forward to the innovations that these new introductions will … [Read more...]

The ICA Forces ICANN To Issue A “Status Report on UDRP/URS Providers & Uniformity of Process”

ICANN issued a Status Report on UDRP Providers and Uniformity of Process, last night and the timing of it makes it look as a direct result of the criticism of Phil Corwin of the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) made public during the ICANN meeting that concluded on Thursday. First for the report, then some comments will follow: ""Issues relating to Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution … [Read more...]

ICA Tells ICANN The Draft Of RAA Agreement Is “Deficient in Scope”

The Internet Commerce Association  (ICA) submitted comments to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) website, on the current  draft  statement   of  Registrants'   Rights  and   Responsibilities  (RRR)  calling it "deficient in scope". "We prefer the alternate version proposed to ICANN by the Non­ Commercial  Stakeholders  Group  (NCSG) and propose  that a modified  … [Read more...]

3 More New gTLD Withdraw; .Inc, .Ltd and .Mail

3 More new gTLD applications have been withdrawn on the ICANN site. C.V. TLDcare out of the Netherlands  withdrew its two new gTLD applications for  .Ltd and .Inc Prioritization numbers for the two applications were 1,381 and 1,503 respectively Afilias, also withdrew its application for the .Mail new gTLD which had a prioritization number of 1,724 This marks the second withdrawn … [Read more...]

Guest Post By Bill Sweetman “Why I Support The ICA”

This is a guest Post by Bill Sweetman who is General Manager of YummyNames, a service from Tucows.com, a top 5 domain name registrar,  that allows marketers, entrepreneurs, and startups to buy premium domain names for their business. Bill is also a member of the ICA Board: ""The domain investing industry, as wonderful and exciting as it is, is pretty small compared to other industries and … [Read more...]

Assistant Secretary Of Commerce Larry Strickling’s Statement on WCIT Dubai

The Assistant Secretary Of the United States Department of  Commerce Secretary Larry Strickling just issued this statement on the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) which just wrapped up in Dubai: "I have just returned from Dubai and the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), which wrapped up today having failed to reach consensus on a revision of … [Read more...]

ICA Tells Dept Of Commerce To Make Verisign Roll Back .Com Prices By $2 To Match .Net & Limit Increases To CPI

In a 16 page letter sent by Phil Corwin  the Internet Commerce Association (ICA)  to the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), the ICA urges the DOC & the DOJ not to approve the renewal of the Verisign contract to operate the .com registry unless Verisign rolls back wholesale prices of .com domain names to the same price it charges for .net domain registrations … [Read more...]