[AfrICANN-discuss] Draft Applicant Guidebook Now Available in
several languages - check it out!
annerachel at gmail.com
Wed Nov 19 15:50:32 SAST 2008
*How to Apply for a New Generic Top Level
*Draft Applicant Guidebook Now Available for Comment*
23 OCT 08
After years of discussion and thought, generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are
being expanded. They will allow for more innovation, choice and change to a
global Internet presently served by just 21 generic top-level domain names.
A draft Applicant Guidebook has been developed with opportunities for public
comment. The draft Guidebook describes processes for objections to
applications. There has been detailed technical scrutiny to ensure the
Internet's stability and security. There will be an evaluation fee, but it
will recover costs only (expenses so far, application processing and other
costs) and it will be reviewed after the first round of applications. ICANN
is a not for profit corporation dedicated to coordinating the Internet's
addressing system. If fee collection exceeds expenses, the community will be
consulted as to how that excess is to be used.
Promoting competition and choice is one of the principles upon which ICANN
was founded. In a world with 1.5 billion Internet users (and growing),
diversity, choice and innovation are key. The Internet has supported huge
increases in choice, innovation and the competition of ideas and expanding
new gTLDs is an opportunity for more.
New gTLDs and the Internet
*Openness Change Innovation.* The Guidebook is comprised of six modules,
some with explanatory memoranda, and it is available for public comment at
http://www.icann.org/en/topics/new-gtlds/comments-en.htm. The Guidebook
modules along with full information are linked from the new gTLD
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