Thursday, February 8, 2018

It's over for .CORP - .HOME and .MAIL

The ICANN finally took a decision in regard to three new gTLD applications. The 3 TLDs concerned are:
  1. The .CORP new gTLD
  2. .HOME
  3. .MAIL

Below is a copy paste of things to remind from this decision and the last paragraph is my fast opinion on all this:

Resolved
The Board directs the President and CEO, or his designee(s), that the applications for .CORP, .HOME, and .MAIL should not proceed and, to account for the unforeseen impact to application processing, the Board directs the President and CEO to, upon withdrawal of the remaining applications for .CORP, .HOME, and .MAIL, provide the applicants a full refund of the New gTLD Program application fee of $185,000.

Why is the Board addressing the issue now?
Previously, the Board has considered the applications for .CORP, .HOME and .MAIL and determined to defer delegation of these names indefinitely because of name collisions. 

What are the options being considered?
What factors did the Board find significant?
Contemplating that the Board does not intend to delegate the .CORP, HOME and .MAIL strings before the end of the 2012 round of the New gTLD Program, the options presented to the Board took into account two key questions:
  1. What type of refund should be provided to the applicants?
  2. Should the applicants receive priority over other applications for these strings in any subsequent round of the New gTLD Program?
As such, the Board has determined it would be appropriate in this case to account for the unforeseen impact to application processing and to provide the remaining applications for .CORP, .HOME, and .MAIL a full refund of the New gTLD Program application fee of $185,000, upon withdrawal of the application by the applicant.

What significant materials did the Board review?
For the full list, check on the link below.

Are there fiscal impacts or ramifications on ICANN?
The Board considered the impact of providing a standard versus a full refund. The total estimated cost of providing all remaining 20 applicants the standard refund is $1,300,000, whereas the cost associated with a full refund is $3,700,000.

Are there positive or negative community impacts?
Taking this action will help support ICANN's mission and is the public interest to ensure the stable and secure operation of the Internet's unique identifier systems.

Jean Guillon's opinion on this
We certainly do not need more similar new gTLDs such as .MAIL and .EMAIL or .HOME and .HOMES : trademarks already have enough problems to fight cybersquatting and new gTLDs with hundreds more extensions have not helped so extracting more similarities is a very good thing.

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