ICANN Chair: We will not delay or restrict new gTLD program

ICANN will not delay the launch of its much anticipated program to create hundreds, possibly thousands, of new Internet extensions, nor run a limited ‘pilot program’, its chairman has told .Nxt.

Steve Crocker admitted that the organization’s Board will be holding a special meeting in the first week of January and that the meeting’s focus will be the launch of the new gTLD program the following week. But that meeting will not consider either a delay or a limited rollout, he stated.

Asked specifically about widespread calls for a “pilot program” that would feature only a limited number of Internet extensions, Crocker noted that the organization had already run pilot programs for expanding the top level of the Internet and argued that “we haven't seen anything to suggest there would be value in delaying the launch”.

An extensive and highly organized campaign in Washington DC this month has seen two Congressional hearings and a series of letters from Congressmen, the FTC, international organizations, and more than 150 large US corporations and associations about the program, most arguing for a delay or a reduction in size for the plans.

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