To: AAF Members
From: Clark Rector, Senior Vice President – Government Affairs
Re: ICANN Proposal on Top-Level Domains

The AAF has joined in a coalition of corporations and associations asking the International Corporations for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to delay the launch of a new program to increase the number of generic Top-Level Domains (gTLD).

Top-Level Domains are the portion of the Internet address to the right of the dot (.com, .org, .gov, etc.) and are currently limited to a relative few. The ICANN proposal would allow individuals, corporations or groups to purchase new gTLDs that could include virtually any word or phrase, including company or brand names. More information on the proposal can be found on the ICANN Web site at http://icann.org/.

We have a number of specific concerns about the current proposal, including

  • Protecting consumers across the new gTLDs;
  • Protecting companies and brand-owners across the new gTLDs; and
  • The effect of the new gTLD program on ICANN and the Internet.

Our comments can be viewed here. Please do not hesitate to call me if you have any comments or questions.