Two-Character

  • Get ready for thousands of new two-letter domains

    … added. In other words, registries won’t have to give any special privileges to governments when they start selling two-character names. They will, however, have to get registrants to agree that they won’t pass themselves off as having affiliations with the relevant government. It looks like registries probably could get away with simply adding…

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  • One and two-letter .at domains coming soon

    … of trademarks valid in Austria before July 1 get the first crack at the names, during a August 29 to September 23 sunrise period. During this phase, domains will cost €240 ($265) with a €120 ($132) application fee. Contested sunrise names will be auctioned in October. Everything not grabbed by trademark interests will be put to a public auction from…

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  • Buy it or lose it? Governments could get first dibs on two-letter domains

    … Period would be limited to those companies or government entities in charge of matching ccTLDs. The measures are outlined in “Proposed Measures for Letter/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels to Avoid Confusion with Corresponding Country Codes” (pdf), published by ICANN late last week. The surprisingly succinct document outlines three things new…

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  • US Congresspeople tell ICANN to ignore GAC “interference”

    … A bispartisan group of US Congresspeople have called on ICANN to stop bowing to Governmental Advisory Committee meddling. Showing characteristic chutzpah, the governmental body advises ICANN that advice from governments should be viewed less deferentially in future, lest the GAC gain too much power. The members wrote (pdf): Recent reports…

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  • Anger as governments delay two-letter domains

    … or it.example, may cause confusion with existing ccTLDs. But the GAC itself was unable to find a consensus against the release of two-letter domains when it discussed the issue back in October. It merely asked for comment periods to allow individual governments to object to specific domains. So ICANN’s board asked staff to create an “efficient procedure…

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  • Two-letter domains to be released in new gTLDs

    … New gTLD registries will be able to release all two-character strings in their zones, following an ICANN decision last week. The ICANN board of directors voted on Thursday to instruct ICANN’s executive to develop and implement an efficient procedure for the release of two-character domains currently required to be reserved in the New gTLD…

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  • Governments totally cool with two-letter domains

    … ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee does not plan to advise against the release of two-character domain names in new gTLDs. In fact, judging by a GAC discussion at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles yesterday, the governments of many major nations are totally cool with the idea. Under the standard Registry Agreement for new gTLD registries, all two…

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