Archive for the ‘NewTLDs’ Category

ICANN: We Might Still Be Able To Approve New TLDs in June

Organization says it still might be able to move ahead with program next month. ICANN’s Board thinks it might still be able to approve the new top level domain name program at the beginning of next month’s meeting in Singapore. The approval was put into doubt after comments from government officials. But ICANN and the […]

Confirmed: New Paul Stahura Venture “Donuts” is for Domain Names

Stealth venture files trademark application indicating new domain name venture. This past weekend we learned that four domain name industry vets, including eNom founder Paul Stahura, were forming a new company called Donuts Inc. The company raised about a million dollars of investment. Although the company is in stealth mode, the players involved make me […]

.hitachi … Another smart brand announces new TLD

According to a press release at GMO Registry, they’ve signed a deal with Hitachi to operate the .hitachi Top Level Domain name in the upcoming application period with ICANN. “GMO Registry gTLD acquisition and operation support services chosen by global brand Hitachi to acquire and operate own brand TLD” In my personal opinion, the brands […]

$2 Million Wasted on Economic Studies for New TLDs

Economic studies about new top level domain names are futile. Depending on which transcripts I read from the ICANN meeting in Colombia this week, ICANN has spent $1 million to $2 million on economic studies about new top level domain names to date. This is money wasted. Not just because the reports — particularly the […]

ICANN Releases Another Economic Study on New TLDs

New study finds little chance for competition to .com, but some benefits from new TLDs. Just a day after the U.S. Department of Commerce chastised ICANN for not undertaking a full economic study of the costs and benefits of new top level domains, ICANN has released phase two of its latest study (pdf). A summary […]

This is Big. ICANN To End Registry-Registrar Separation

Will we someday see VeriDaddy? The ICANN board of directors has passed a resolution that will relax restrictions on registries owning domain name registrars and vice-versa. While specific to new top level domain names, don’t be surprised to see this extended to existing top level domain names over time. This was a contentious issue that […]

ICANN set to open top-level domain floodgates – Ars Technica

which is associated with over half of the 196.3 million registered domain names. Many entities have professed their desire to apply for TLDs of their very own, including .nyc, .berlin, and .unicef. Even registry operators for large TLDs like .org have …