ICANN has approved a plan that will bring the rollout of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) closer to completion.
The company said that it had granted approval to the registry agreement for the new domains, passing a set of rules that would help to govern the gTLD rollout. The agreement will help guide the final process of granting and managing the new domains.
Among the provisions is the establishment of processes for trademark holders to lay claim to domains and report abuse. The agreement will require registrars to provide a point of contact for lobbying complaints and requesting takedown of domains that could infringe on a company or group's trademark holdings.
ICANN said that the agreement will help to clear the way for a formall rollout of the new domains by registrars to the general public, allowing users and businesses to finally take advantage of the new top-level domains.
ICANN committee member Chris Disspain said: “New gTLDs are now on the home stretch. This new registry agreement means we’ve cleared one of the last hurdles for those gTLD applicants who are approved and eagerly nearing that point where their names will go online.”
The gTLD rollout process has been anything but smooth sailing for ICANN. From the earliest days of the registration process the gTLD programme was delayed by technical errors and system outages.
When the gTLD rollout does commence, experts warn that many firms and registrars will still need to carefully watch and manage the process.
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