ICANN: Looks Like 2nd Round Of New gTLD Won’t Open For At Least 4 Years

ICANN released tonight a 27 page report entitled the "New gTLD Program Reviews and Assessments Draft Work Plan" (Draft Work Plan) which lays out the work required prior to initiating a subsequent application period for the New gTLD Program, taking into account the assessments anticipated in development of the Program." "As of this writing, 404 new gTLDs have been delegated. A total of 1,168 … [Read more...]

Google & Donuts Lose All 3 ICANN New gTLD Auctions: What Did We Learn Today?

ICANN published results of the first three ICANN Last Resort Auctions (there was an auction in June for a IDN String) tonight and we certainly learned a few things. Many people had the opinion that Google and Amazon would simply outbid all other applicants for all the strings just because they could. However Google wound up losing all three auctions as did Donuts. At the end of the day … [Read more...]

ICANN TO Chat With GAC At ICANN 51 in LA, Whether 2 Character new gTLD Domains Should Be Allowed

In a letter to Heather Dryden Chair of the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) Stephen D. Crocker, Chair ICANN Board of Directors made it clear that ICANN will be taking up the issue of allowing the registration of 2 character new gTLD domain names: Dear Heather, On behalf of the Board New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC), I thank you for your letter of 8 August 2014 regarding requests from … [Read more...]

ICANN Names 4 Initial Members of Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group

ICANN has named the first four members of the  Accountability & Governance Public Experts Group. ICANN's President and CEO, Fadi Chehadé, will be responsible for the selection of up to seven Advisers to sit on the Coordination Group to assure that best practices are brought from the larger global community. Once selected by the Public Experts Group, these Advisers will contribute research … [Read more...]

ICANN 54 To Be Held In Dublin in Fall of 2015 & ICANN Board Members To Get $45K

The ICANN Board selected Dublin, Ireland as the location of the ICANN 2015 Public Meeting from 18-22 October 2015 This meeting with be ICANN 54. There are plenty of companies in the domain space that have offices in Dublin which offers some big tax advantage over countries like the US including; Afilias Rightside Registry Starting Dot Minds & Machines Dot Global TLD … [Read more...]

.Mail Gets Added To .Home and .Corp As Strings Killed Off By Collision

According to a resolution of the ICANN Board the .Mail has joined .Home and .Corp as extension that will not be delegated as part of the collision report. .Mail was basically killed off as part of the "ICANN NAME COLLISION OCCURRENCE MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK" which is putting into place a plan which will start the process of freeing up domain names on the Collision list: "Registry Operators will … [Read more...]

Fadi Chehadé Gets Two Year Extension & 12.5% Pay Raise From ICANN

The contract of President and Chief Executive Officer Fadi Chehadé has been extended by ICANN for two more years. Chehadé’s base salary will increase by 12.5 percent. Faidi contract with ICANN now expires 30 June 2017. The Board resolution said, “The decision to increase Mr. Chehadé’s compensation was done with recognition and acknowledgment of the work done by the Compensation Committee … [Read more...]