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At the ICANN Meeting in December, the ICANN Board of Directors and Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) agreed to meet at some time prior to the March meeting in Silicon Valley/San Francisco to resolve the outstanding issues the GAC has identified with the new gTLD process.  Many in the domain community believe that this is the final hurdle for ICANN as they look to begin accepting applications in the second half of this year.

The meeting will be held February 28 through March 1 in Brussels.

The following issues to be on the agenda:

  • Identify the specific differences between Governmental Advisory Committee (“GAC”) advice and the current implementation of the GNSO New gTLD Policy recommendations embodied in the Applicant Guidebook.
  • Through discussion among Board and GAC members, either:
    1. arrive at an agreed upon resolution of those differences, or
    2. for those issues not resolved, identify what differences remain. This meeting is not intended to address the requirements/steps outlined in the Bylaws mandated Board-GAC consultation process.

The meeting will be open, scribed and streamed live over the Internet. However, only GAC members, ICANN Board members, select ICANN staff members and subject matter experts will be able to participate in the discussion.  ICANN will allow interested parties to attend and observe proceedings.  Remote participation facilities will also be made available.

Safenames will continue to keep you updated as we learn more about new developments with the new gTLD program.

If you have any questions regarding new gTLDs and the ICANN application process, please contact your Safenames account manager.

You may also contact the Safenames UK office at +44 1908 200022 and [email protected], or the Safenames US office at +1.703.574.5313 and [email protected].