ICANN Delays .XXX and gTLDs - Page 2

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Dec 13, 2010
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Afilias is set to offer domain and security services to prospective new gTLD operators to help enable operations.

"We expect that this additional time will give both ICANN and new TLD registry providers more time to raise awareness among brand owners and other potential applicants about the opportunity of new TLDs and to help current applicants prepare their applications," LaPlante said.

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In addition to the topic of gTLDs, the GAC also expressed concerns about a separate approval for the .xxx top level domain. ICANN has been debating the approval of a .xxx TLD since at least the year 2000. In June of this year, ICANN indicated that the .xxx TLD could soon be set for approval.

Instead of approving the .xxx domain during the Cartagena meeting, ICANN noted that the GAC also had concerns which still needed to be addressed.

"Resolved (2010.12.10.23), ICANN Board hereby determines that it intends to enter into a registry agreement with ICM Registry for the .XXX sTLD, subject to GAC consultation and advice," ICANN's Cartagena Adopted Board Resolutions state.

A meeting is being scheduled for February of 2011 with the GAC to further discuss the outstanding issues related to both the gTLD and the final approval of the .xxx top level domain.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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