AAF Government Report

May 25, 2012

Clark Rector Jr., Executive Vice President – Government Affairs

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ICANN Reopens Application Process

The Internet Corporations for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced it has reopened the application system for new top level domains.  The system, which had been shut down due to a technical glitch, will remain open until May 30.

As of the last report, 1268 registrants have applied for over 2000 new top level domains.  These numbers greatly exceed ICANN’s initial estimates.  ICANN has not announced a schedule for approving new applications or whether they will be done as a group or in a staggered roll out.

In related news Lawrence Strickling, Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, has replied to Congressman John Dingell’s letter inquiring about the Department’s oversight of ICANN.  While the letter addresses the Congressman’s questions, it appears to greatly understate the Department’s influence over ICANN.

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