On 7 October 2013 the ICANN Board’s New gTLD Program Committee approved resolutions directing staff to implement the New gTLD Collision Occurrence Management Plan (“The Plan”)
Tonight ICANN released details on how it will be implementing the New gTLD Collision Occurrence Management Plan.
For those Registries that have already signed a Registry Agreement the contract have been notified that there Agreement has been updated to include the registry operator obligations called for in the Plan, including a 120-day no-activation period, and name collision report handling responsibilities.
“”Applications that were previously not eligible for contract signing only because of the “uncalculated risk” classification, will now begin receiving contracts for signature in order of priority.
“”Before a Registry Operator can initiate its transition to delegation it must implement the measures described in its SLD Collision Occurrence Assessment.
“”Until the assessment is ready, most Registry Operators are expected to be eligible for the alternative path to delegation as described below.
“”The Plan allows for a Registry Operator to proceed with an alternative path to delegation prior to receiving its full SLD Collision Occurrence Assessment.
“”If ICANN determines that the gTLD is eligible for the alternative path to delegation, and the Registry Operator chooses to block all relevant Second-Level Domains (SLDs) as designated by ICANN, then the Registry Operator may proceed to delegation.
“”The list of SLDs to be blocked will be customized to each TLD based on the actual requests observed in the “Day in the Life of the Internet (DITL)” data from 2006 to 2013 maintained by DNS-OARC.
“”The determination will be based on assessments of the level of variance of the SLDs observed in each year of the DITL data. High variance might indicate that blocking SLDs that appear in the historical data may not be an adequate mitigation plan. In that event, delegation must wait until a full assessment can be conducted and a full mitigation plan specified as described in the Plan.””
“For Registry Operators with executed registry agreements the Assessments and SLD lists will be posted to the specific TLD’s registry agreement page on the ICANN website.
“The first of these will be available before the end of this week.
“In the coming weeks ICANN will post the alternative path eligibility assessments and SLD lists for all applied-for gTLDs.””
So to be delegated all new gTLD must either wait for the report or choose the alternative path to delegation, by blocking “all relevant Second-Level Domains (SLDs) as designated by ICANN”
Needless to say many of the better domain names for each new gTLD registry are going to fall into the blocked category, meaning that that the better domains for every extension will not be available for some time.