18 Oct '15, 2pm

October #ICANN Policy Update has just been published! #ICANN54 Please

Consensus within the At-Large community was that all 3-character TLDs should not be reserved solely for ccTLDs, but the community was split as to whether there was any merit in reserving 3-letter codes for use by ccTLDs at all. If 3 letter codes were to be used for country codes, the same standard that was applied to the 2-letter codes should also be applied to 3-letter codes as in the ISO 3166-1 list. An advantage of such a policy would be for ccTLD operators to have 3 character ccTLDs that may be marketed as complementary to two character ccTLDs. The disadvantage of such a policy is that there is a risk of end-user confusion as to what policies would apply to the different TLDs especially as gTLD registries have contracts with ICANN which stipulates certain conditions that must be met (RAA, WHOIS, PICs, etc), while ccTLDs may not. As an alternative, 3-letter codes listed...

Full article: https://www.icann.org/resources/newsletter/policy-update-...

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