ICANN acknowledged on their blog today, that they received a letter today from the US Department of Commerce opposing the introduction of the new gTLD’s program in Cartagena.
“I am concern over the apparent failure of ICANN to carry out its obligations as specified in the “Affirmations of Commitments”.
The letter goes on to chastise ICANN for not completing the economic study it agreed to conduct to evaluate the potential consumer benefits vs. consumer costs.
“It appears ICANN has not completed this study.”
The Department also expressed concern of how ICANN changed its position on cross ownership between registrars and registries, from its position In May of this year which limited cross ownership of registrars to registries to a maximum of 2% to the current position that allows 100% cross ownership.
“”ICANN needs to clearly document and explain the decision”
Finally the Department complains about the short time frame for comments and review of the latest guidebook.
The comment period for the Guidebook is scheduled to close on December 10th the same day the ICANN meeting in Colombia ends.