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While most countries are content to operate using a single ccTLD, India is to up its count to an unprecedented 16. It already has eight, but ICANN’s board of directors at the weekend approved the delegation of an additional eight. The new ccTLDs, which have yet to hit the root, are .ಭಾರತ, .ഭാരതം, .ভাৰত, .ଭାରତ, .بارت, .भारतम्, .भारोत, and .ڀارت.
… on the first 151 ccTLDs to join, but this one’s interesting because NIXI’s mononymed CEO Dr Govind led a charge of criticism against the ccNSO for excluding non-members from the IANA transition review. In July, Govind complained that a “significant section of the ccTLD Registry operator community do not share the objectives of the ccNSO membership…
… Operators of dozens of ccTLDs are said to be furious that they don’t have representation on the group coordinating the transition of the IANA functions from US oversight. The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has been “captured” by members of ICANN’s country-code Names Supporting Organization, which does not represent all…