The board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has reaffirmed its commitment to opening a second round of applications in the new generic top level domain name (gTLD) program.
ICANN is looking to open another application window as soon as possible, allowing more organizations to apply for their own gTLD.
“It is not possible yet to state a specific date for the second round because of the work ICANN has committed to related to the first round,” the body stated.
“First, the applications from the first round must be processed, and the amount of applications to be received will not be known until the first-round application window ends.”
In addition, ICANN previously committed to addressing the recommendations of the Governmental Advisory Committee requirements for assessment of trademark protections and root zone operation as a result of the first round, it stated.
ICANN added that, in furtherance of the resolution, after the publication of the description of the work plan, it will continue working with the community to refine that work plan.
Last week, the organization requested comment from stakeholder on certain trademark protections in the New gTLD Program, after concerns were raised over the possible need for defensive registrations.