The Directors of Top Level Domain Holdings Limited (AIM:TLDH.L), the only publicly traded company focused exclusively on acquiring and operating new generic top-level domains (“gTLDs”), are pleased to announce that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) proposed timetable for applications for new generic top-level domains (“gTLDs”) remains as previously announced.
In an interview, ICANN Chair Steve Crocker said that there would be no delay or restriction of the new gTLD programme.
According to the interview on Dot-Nxt [warning: payment required]:
Steve Crocker [said that the ICANN] 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.”
A highly organized campaign by lobbyists against new gTLDs, begun after the new gTLD programme was approved, has brought letters from U.S. politicians urging delay, or a limited roll-out of new gTLDs.