Phil Corwin of the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) attended the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) USA meeting yesterday at Georgetown University Law School in Washington, DC where the afternoon keynote address was by Larry Strickling, the Assistant Secretary for Communications and Administrator.
However prior to the speech, Mr. Corwin reports there was a session held on the new gTLD program at which Fred Felman of Mark Monitor spoke as well as Pat Kane of Verisign.
According to Mr. Corwin, both Fred and Pat said based on confidential feedback, they expected 1,000-1,500 applications for new gTLDs in the first round next year, and that 2/3 of these were likely to be .brand applications.
Yes 1,000-1,500 applications for new gTLD’s.
ICANN has previously stated that it would not approve more than 1,000 new gTLD in any round, so I’m not sure what’s going to happen if 1,500 applications are received.
Of course the trademark groups were led the opposition to the new gTLD program for years and years and were certainly the most vocal opponents.
So it would be quite ironic if Mark Monitor and Verisign are correct and 700-1,000 application come in from brand holders trying to get their own extension.