31 May '11, 2pm

New TLD Guidebook Won't Be Approved in Singapore

The guidebook itself won’t be done — but ICANN will approve something in June. I’ve gone through the latest version of the new top level domain name applicant guidebook and read ICANN’s explanation of what it is. I’d call it version 0.7 (beta). And I’d argue that there will be no approval of the guidebook at June’s ICANN meeting in Singapore. Instead, ICANN hopes to loosely “approve the new gTLD program”. It’s right there in ICANN’s introduction to the latest guidebook. The Applicant Guidebook is intended to be a comprehensive guide and will be regularly updated as aspects of the process are implemented. The Board will listen to community dialogue at the ICANN public meeting in Singapore, and will continue to solicit comments on specific areas. Well, you can’t “approve” something in its final state if you will solicit comments after you plan to vote on the approval. The in...

Full article: http://domainnamewire.com/2011/05/31/new-tld-guidebook-wo...

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