The animals might have gone into Noah’s Ark two-by-two, but it seems applicants for new gTLDs might be withdrawing their applications three-by-three!
According to ICANN’s second and latest New gTLD Update for Applicants, six applications have been withdrawn although officially it is not known which ones. And a tentative roadmap has been published that, if it holds, would see the first new gTLDs online in August 2013.
It has been speculated that the first three applications withdrawn were from Google with the withdrawn applications being for .AND, .EST and .ARE, which Domain Incite noted are the ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 codes for the United Arab Emirates, Estonia and Andorra.
As for the latest three, one educated guess has been it was .BAR – not a country on the ISO 3166-2:ME ME-02 list but a subdivision -which still requires government support.
Clarifying questions for applications that additional is needed for are about to begin being sent out to the lucky 50 applicants whose applications were included in the Clarification Questions Pilot.
ICANN has also asked the broader ICANN community for ideas on how best to meter applications into the delegation process for entering approved new gTLDs into the root of the Internet. That comment period ended on 20 August and ICANN will spend the next six weeks reviewing these contributions and, with the community, developing possible solutions.
A new tentative roadmap has also been published for the processing of new gTLD applications. ICANN says that if community support emerges for a single Metering solution, the Board might be able to approve an approach after a single round of public comment. Otherwise, an additional round of community consultation might be necessary to develop community consensus.
The new roadmap has been developed following the collapse of the digital archery proposal and taking into consideration the constraint on scaling the Root Zone at a rate not exceeding 1,000 new gTLDs per year, an ordering of these applications is required either at the Evaluation phase (called Batching) or at the Pre-delegation phase (called Metering).
ICANN speculates this process can be completed in 11-12 months, possibly less – resulting in the simultaneous publication of all initial results of the Evaluation phase in June-July 2013.
The initial results, ICANN note, are likely to create some form of natural filtering of applications into the Delegation phase, nevertheless ICANN must plan for the possibility that Metering will still be needed.
The Development of a Metering solution (tentative):
[numbers in bracket represent the ID numbers on the schedule below]
- Hold interactive sessions with applicants to collect additional information and answer questions.
Other significant dates (tentative):