AusRegistry International supports industry call for no new delays to new TLD program

Published on September 22nd, 2009

By Adrian Kinderis

AusRegistry International has joined with other industry players in writing to ICANN’s CEO, Board and Staff requesting them to begin implementing the program to introduce a wide range of new Top Level Domains (TLDs) without further delay.

The letter, dated 21st September 2009 and signed by over 60 industry participants including ccTLD Managers and Registry Operators, Registrars, prospective new TLD applicants and other interested parties from 16 different countries, urges ICANN to live up to its founding mandate to give users choice, to create competition, and to respect the policy development process that has directed the Board to create new top-level domains.

The letter sets out the following arguments:
– that consumer demand for new TLDs is large and widespread;
– that new TLDs will incorporate additional safeguards that will ensure enhanced security for users and protection for intellectual property rights holders;
– that continued delays in the implementation of new TLDs threaten Internet stability by encouraging the creation of alternate roots which could eventually ‘Balkanise’ the internet;
– that ICANN should be supporting innovation and economic growth by allowing choice and competition in the TLD space;
– that ICANN should respect and follow its own Policy Development rules and not allow “a few well-paid lobbyists representing special interests…to derail the transparent, open and democratic process that has been insisted upon by the entire community and by governments around the globe.”

    I believe that it is imperative that ICANN does not lose momentum at this important stage in the process and encourage the Board and Staff to continue on the current timeline which would see the new TLD applications being accepted in the first quarter of 2010.

    See the full letter (pdf) and the Support New TLDs website.

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