New Generic Top-Level Domains Another Step Closer

    MARINA DEL REY, Calif., Sept. 11 /CNW/ -- New generic top-level domains
(gTLDs) are a step closer with two important developments at the Internet
Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).
    First, ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) Council
approved policy recommendations to guide the development of a new gTLD
application and approval process.
    Second, ICANN issued a global call for companies to bid to develop the
Request for Proposals (RFP) for new gTLDs.
    "This is all about increased choice. As the GNSO report notes, among many
things, there is demand for additional top-level domains as a business
opportunity and that this will stimulate competition at the registry service
level," said Dr Paul Twomey, ICANN's President and CEO. "The creation of the
application and evaluation process for new top-level domains is extremely
important. It means we are continuing to move towards our goal of new gTLDs
coming online in 2008."
    The GNSO recommendations will be the focus of public discussions and
input at ICANN's 30th International Public meeting 29 October to 2 November
2007 in Los Angeles. At a later date, the ICANN Board will decide how to
proceed with the policy recommendations.
    "The coming round of gTLD applications could be the most important in
ICANN's history -- with work progressing on internationalized domain names,
there is the possibility that some new generic top-level domains could be in
languages not previously available for TLDs," Dr Twomey added. "ICANN is
hoping for companies from across the globe to put bids forward to develop the
RFP, and we hope as many people as possible take part in the ICANN process, in
person or online, in the Los Angeles discussions."

    The GNSO recommendations are at:
    Information on RFP development is at:

    About ICANN:

    ICANN is responsible for the global coordination of the Internet's system
of unique identifiers like domain names (like .org, .museum and country codes
like .uk) and the addresses used in a variety of Internet protocols that help
computers reach each other over the Internet. Careful management of these
resources is vital to the Internet's operation, so ICANN's global stakeholders
meet regularly to develop policies that ensure the Internet's ongoing security
and stability. ICANN is an internationally organized, public benefit
non-profit company. For more information please visit:

For further information:

For further information: Jason Keenan, Media Adviser of ICANN, 
+1-310-382-4004, Web Site:

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