Domain Name Supporting Organization
Working Group C - new gTLDs
REPORT TO NC of current status on WG C
STATUS REPORT, WG-C, from Jon Weinberg February 14th, 2000 I have posted a summary of the comments on the WG-C interim report at http://www.dnso.org/wgroups/wg-c/Arc01/msg00490.html. The WG is developing a list of eight issues that must be resolved before ICANN can introduce new TLDs; they are listed at http://www.dnso.org/wgroups/wg-c/Arc01/msg00610.html. The issues include matters that we have already addressed (e.g., "How should ICANN proceed with the initial deployment of new gTLDs? How large should that rollout be?"); issues that we are currently addressing (e.g., "Must a new gTLD have a ‘charter' reflecting a specialized purpose?"); and issues we have yet to address directly as a group (e.g., "What further conditions relating to trademark-domain name issues, if any, should be satisfied before new gTLDs are introduced? In particular, should ICANN postpone the introduction of new gTLDs until after completing its deliberations on the "famous marks" issue currently before WG-B?"). We are conducting a straw poll on the issue of chartered TLDs. I am soliciting volunteers for a committee to develop a reference model detailing different possible structures for the ICANN-registry-registrar relationship. I am drafting a document explaining the thinking (pro and con) behind the WG's conclusions on the desirability of new gTLDs and the nature of the initial rollout.
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