Trying to make sense of the nearly 2000 new TLD applications is not something that anyone can do quickly. Sure, you can look at the list and see who has applied for what, but it's only when you actually read the "public" part of their submission that you can get an insight into their plans. Let's call a spade a spade. If a big brand wants to get its own TLD then it's pretty … [Read more...] about Big Brands Trying To Corner Generic Namespaces?
Archives for June 2012
The technology media today is swamped with coverage of the new TLD "reveal" in London. Since I'm based in Ireland I thought I'd have a closer look at the "Irish" applicants. There aren't that many: Afilias Limited Afilias Domains No. 1 Limited IRB Strategic Developments Limited TLD REGISTRY LIMITED Accenture Global Services Limited The two Afilias companies … [Read more...] about So Which New TLD Applicants Claim To Be Irish?
The guys in CloudRegistry have made available a handy .ics file for the Prague ICANN meeting. You can get it here Yet again they've saved the day! … [Read more...] about CloudRegistry Release Handy Timetable For Prague ICANN Meeting
Neustar have written to ICANN about batching during the new TLD program and are urging caution. The letter, penned by their latest hire Becky Burr, joins several others that are asking ICANN not to blindly implement batching without waiting to assess the actual applications received: Neustar has long been an advocate for the introduction of new generic top level … [Read more...] about Neustar To ICANN – Pause Before Implementing Batching
On Monday June 25th, as part of the Prague ICANN meeting, there is a slot on the schedule for the "CEO Farewell Reception". Rod Beckstrom will be leaving ICANN. This is not news. It was announced (via Twitter) several months ago. What is "news" is more correctly the lack of it ie. the naming of the new CEO. ICANN has not announced who will be replacing Rod … [Read more...] about Where Is ICANN’s New CEO?
ICANN will be hosting an event in London next Wednesday with both Rod Beckstrom and Kurt Pritz in attendance. The event will include the official "reveal" of the new TLD application list. Over the past few days there have been quite a few big announcements, with Donuts scooping the "lion's share" of coverage with their announcement to apply for over 300 strings! Related … [Read more...] about New TLD Reveal Event In London
Nominet, which won the contract for .wales and .cymru, is currently conducting market research on the two strings. Nominet have contracted Beaufort Research to help them garner feedback from their stakeholders on how they'd like to see the two Welsh extensions developed. The questionnaire covers a range of topics including policy, pricing and perceived demand. Oddly … [Read more...] about Nominet Doing Market Research On .Wales and .Cymru
CIRA, the .ca registry, is taking their entire registry offline except for resolution services for 24 hours. While most domain registries conduct scheduled maintenance that would impact the SRS at some level and for several hours at a time I don't think I've ever seen a relatively large domain registry plan a 24 hour outage before. You can read details of the outage on … [Read more...] about CIRA To Go Offline For 24 Hours
I wasn't sure who was going to be happy about the new RAA docs that were published last night. I guess I now have the answer - Telesign. Telesign have been trying to get "in" with registrars over the last couple of years but their sales tactics are quite lacking. Today's missive arrived in my inbox with the subject line: Registrar Accreditation Agreement Limited … [Read more...] about Telesign Use New RAA Update To Spam Registrars
I cannot write impartially or objectively about the RAA (Registrar Accreditation Agreement - the contract between ICANN and its registrars). It would be disingenuous of me to even try to do so. I run a registrar so any changes to the RAA will have a direct and tangible impact on me, my staff and my clients. In relation to this I posted at length on the company blog a few … [Read more...] about RAA Negotiations Update – Is Anyone Going To Be Happy?