Two-Character

  • Government anger over two-letter domains

    … members have the right over two-character domain names.” While no government spoke in favor of the ICANN policy on Wednesday, the complaining governments do appear to be in a minority of the GAC. Despite this, they seem to have been effective in swaying fellow committee members to issue some stern new advice. The Copenhagen communique, published…

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  • 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

    … Nic.at will next month start selling .at domains shorter than three character domains for the first time. All one-character and two-character domains will be released, the ccTLD registry said, about 5,000 domains in total. The released domains include those containing any of the 34 non-Latin letters Nic.at supports, it said. Holders…

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

    … either. It does, however, oblige registries to ban registrants from pretending to be affiliated with the relevant government when they are not. Governments also get to complain, and registries have to investigate, if the relevant domains are causing “confusion”, though registries do not appear to be under a strict obligation to delete or suspend domains. The policy is open for public comment until August here. Tweet Tagged: cctlds, gac, ICANN, new gTLDs, two-character, two-letter …

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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

    … ICANN has heard an angry response from gTLD registries after delaying the release of two-character domains in new gTLDs, apparently at the whim of a small number of governments. ICANN has yet to approve any of the over 350 requests for the release of two-letter domains filed by registries under a process approved by its board last October…

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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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