Two-Character

  • Government anger over two-letter domains

    … ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee has clashed with its board of directors over the lack of protections for two-letter domain names that match country codes. The board has now formally been urged to reconsider its policy to allow registries to sell these names, after angry comments and threats from some GAC members. Governments from…

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  • Get ready for thousands of new two-letter domains

    …, regardless of length. Before and after the resolution passed, the GAC expressed “serious concern” that the board had not formally responded to the Helsinki communique. In its Hyderabad communique, issued after yesterday’s vote, the GAC advised the board to: Clearly indicate whether the actions taken by the Board as referred to in the resolution…

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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”

    … they applied for their gTLDs. However, the GAC’s more recent behavior on the two-letter domain subject has been incoherent and looks much more like meddling. At the ICANN meeting in Los Angeles last October, faced with requests for two-character domains to be released, the GAC issued formal advice saying it was “not in a position to offer consensus…

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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

    … Registry Agreement The procedure will have to take into account the advice of the Governmental Advisory Committee issued at the end of last week’s ICANN 51 meeting in Los Angeles. But that advice merely asks that governments are informed when a registry requests the release of two-character names. All two-character strings were initially reserved…

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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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