Now that ICANN voted to approve the new gTLD program today in Singapore its interesting to note that ICANN fulfilled the promise it made just a few months ago at its meeting in San Fransisco in March.
“We are going to have a vote early in the Singapore meeting so we ALL can have a party and celebrate” said Chairman Thrush
“we are glad to see this time table and are going to stick to it and have a fabulous party to celebrate it.”
“resolved, as set forth in the timetable, ICANN will target 15th of April 2011 as the date for publication of the final response to the GAC scorecard, along with applicant guidebook extracts showing changes.”
“resolved, the board intends to complete the process set forth in the time line in time for final approval of the new gTLD implementation program at an extraordinary meeting of the ICANN board to be held on Monday, the 20th of June 2011, at the ICANN meeting in Singapore.”
“You notice we have set up a special meeting early in the week so we don’t have to spend all of the week in Singapore in any kind of last-minute efforts because we want to have a party on — we want to have a resolution to celebrate –closure. and we haven’t finalized the plans for that but it looks like that could very well be the subject of the usual gala.”
“see we also don’t want to upset, we are doing this resolution on the Monday so we don’t upset constituency day.”
“We are aware, as I say, we have interfered to a certain extent with many of the plans of people at this meeting in terms of giving this priority.”
“So that’s the contents of the timetable, to make sure that we have gone through all the processes, taken the advice, and bridged all the gaps that we can.”
“So what we want to do is, the idea is we, in Singapore, can all IP Constituency, GAC, ccTLD’s, can come to that party thinking we have built a new gTLD program that we can all be proud off and get behind. ”
“Not everybody will have gotten everything they wanted at the start of the process but we ought to be able to look back at what improvements we have made since we began and what great improvements there are over the current systems.”
“So that’s the board’s thinking about bringing this to closure. and as a result of that i can tell that you the board is very keen to see this timetable and intends to adhere to it.
this is what we are going to do. so get behind us, please, and let’s make sure that we have a fantastic new gTLD launch party in Singapore.”
Well now on June 2oth ICANN did indeed pass the new gTLD program and the party tonight at the Sands Marina Hotel was nothing less than fabulous celebrating the passage of the new gTLD program. All and all the day went according to the plan laid out by ICANN in March.
Most importantly, the Chairman’s statement in March, still rang true today, that “Not everybody will have gotten everything they wanted at the start of the process but we ought to be able to look back at what improvements we have made since we began and what great improvements there are over the current systems.”
We agree and think at the end of the day ICANN got it right and kept its promise.