[governance] US - NTIA Supports New Domains – Phased In, With Protection

Riaz K Tayob riaz.tayob at gmail.com
Thu Jan 5 09:52:07 EST 2012

    NTIA Supports New Domains – Phased In, With Protection

Published on 5 January 2012 @ 3:19 pm

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Intellectual Property Watch

By Monika Ermert for /Intellectual Property Watch/

The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) 
has announced its support for additional policies for new generic 
top-level domains on the internet, with conditions. The Commerce 
Department agency will stick to the 12 January start of the application 
period for new domains, but it has requested that the Internet 
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) take additional 
precautions when opening up the process.

In a 3 January letter 
[pdf], the NTIA requested ICANN “to minimize the perceived need for 
defensive registration” by industry and to undertake better education 
about the programme before 12 January. It also demanded that ICANN 
promptly implement its commitments for law enforcement and consumer 

Trademark owners represented in several associations like the Coalition 
for Responsible Internet Domain Oversight 
<http://www.ana.net/content/show/id/crido> (CRIDO) and the Coalition 
against Domain Name Abuse (CADNA) have hammered home their concerns in 
several congressional hearings and a meeting with the NTIA over the past 
four weeks. The latest CADNA letter is here 

NTIA, which has been supportive of the six-year ICANN process to define 
the applicant guidebook, now announced that it will consult with 
stakeholders and governments on additional protections for second-level 
domain names once the first list of applicants becomes available. ICANN 
should at that point also consider how to “phase in” the process, NTIA 
said, in answer to some trademark owners’ and politicians’ calls to slow 
down the new domain process.

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