The U.S. Congress is expected to take a closer look at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) new generic top-level domain (new gTLD) regime.

According to World Trademark Review, the subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet has summoned ICANN to a hearing on May 4.

Domain name space expansion is on the agenda along with other topics, it has been reported.

The subcommittee previously investigated ICANN in 2009 over cybersquatting and corporate governance issues.

ICANN chief executive Rod Beckstrom is not expected to attend the hearing, with attorney Kurt Pritz likely to represent the Internet names regulator.

Speaking to WTR, an ICANN spokesperson said Mr. Pritz was best-placed to explain the corporation’s aims through its new gTLD regime.

Earlier this month, ICANN reported revenues of $65.77 million during 2010, up from $60.23 million over the previous 12-month period.

U.S. Congress to look at ICANN’s new gTLD regime
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