State of the Net for the Week of August 11

FairWinds Partners ⬥ 11 August

Twenty-four new gTLD applications that had been in limbo because of potential name collision issues are now moving forward thanks to welcome action by the New gTLD Program Committee (NGPC).

The NGPC’s approval of a mitigation plan to deal with name collisions not only releases 24 applications that ICANN had forbidden to move forward. It also provides a route for all registries to unblock a list of names thought to be at high risk of collision.

.CORP, .HOME and .MAIL, however, remain on indefinite hold.

The NGPC framework requires a 90-day “controlled interruption” period for all registries that delegate after a certain as of yet undetermined date, during which they may not activate any second-level domain names. gTLDs that have already delegated and begun activating domain names will also have to implement a “controlled interruption” period if they want to release names that had been on the block lists. This 90-day waiting period is designed to alert system administrators that there may be a problem related to name collision. Registries must act on name collision reports within two hours of notice in the first two years of the gTLD’s life.

For more information, please read this blog post.

For Your Radar

The next in a series of FairWinds Partners’ UDRP webinars will be held on September 10. Join our UDRP team for an overview of the latest in UDRP trends in the new gTLD space..

August 12 – ICANN webinar on name collisions, GNSO webinar on Review 360 Assessment

August 13 – GNSO webinar on Review 360 Assessment

September 2 – 5: Internet Governance Forum meets in Istanbul

September 6: The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) meets in Istanbul

September 18 – 19: INTA Internet, Innovation and ICANN conference in San Francisco

October 12 – 16: ICANN 51 meets in Los Angeles

October 29: Nine-month contracting deadline for applicants with CIRs

July 29, 2015: 18-month contracting deadline for applicants with CIRs that request and are granted the nine-month extension

Public Comment Periods to Consider

August 25 – ICANN reports on RPMs for previously blocked second level domains

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