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Icann co-opts partners to smooth gTLD rollout

10 Nov 2012
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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) has announced a pair of partnerships designed to help the company better connect with enterprises as it rolls out a new generic top-level domain (gTLD) system.

The corporation said that it would be working with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the European Telecommunications Network Operators Association (ETNO) to facilitate a dialogue with Icann as the corporation continues to roll out and operate the gTLD system.

The groups hope that the programmes will better allow Icann to receive input and feedback from the companies who will be purchasing and operating the new domains.

"The launch of our new gTLD programme will dramatically increase the need for Icann to work with businesses all over the world," said Icann chief executive Fadi Chehadé.

"To serve them, we need to expand our outreach, so we have agreed to set up engagement frameworks with both the ICC and the ETNO."

Icann has been working throughout the year on the process of registering, reviewing and assigning the proposed new gTLDs. The process, however, has been delayed significantly by a number of high-profile setbacks.

In April, Icann had to delay the application submission period by several weeks after a malfunction forced its systems offline. The company later offered to pay applicants refunds which totalled upwards of $350m.

The process was again forced offline in June, when a data leak caused the company to once again suspend operations.

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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