New gTLD Initial Evaluations Likely To Be Completed This Week And Other New gTLD Updates

ICANN new generic Top Level Domains logoICANN announced last week that 1,658 new gTLD applications have passed the initial evaluation process and they are up to prioritisation number 1,800 of the 1,900 or so applications, taking into account there have been a number of applications withdrawn.

Of those applications going through initial evaluation last week, eight failed including “the Taipei City Government’s bid for .taipei, has been flagged as ‘Ineligible for Further Review’ — the only application to receive such a status to date — suggesting it is fully dead,” according to a Domain Incite report.

Domain Incite adds “the full IE report delivered by ICANN says .taipei is actually ‘Eligible for Extended Evaluation’. It’s not clear right now which of these statuses is the correct one.”

Another application to fail to receive a pass last week was the Planet Dot Eco application for .eco, who failed on both their financial and technical questions, according to Domain Incite.

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia who applied for .cba has advised ICANN that its systems are to blame for most of the error traffic for .cba. The issue of internal networks using strings applied for as new gTLDs was an issue raised by, among others, the recent Carve report. Domain Incite quotes from  Interisle Consulting’s name collisions report that the bank “has discovered that its own systems ‘make extensive use of ‘.cba’ as a strictly internal domain.’”

In another Domain Incite report, it was reported “Olympics-backed new gTLD applicant SportAccord has won a String Confusion Objection against Donuts, with an arbitration panel finding that .sport and .sports are too similar to coexist.”

“It’s the second SCO case involving a plural to go against Donuts, after the shock .pet/.pets decision last week.”