The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) recently announced that it will no longer attempt to batch new generic top-level domains in groups of 500.
Instead, ICANN will process all applications in a single batch, and release the results at the same time. The announcement also means that the much-maligned digital archery process will no longer be used for domain batching.
Commenting on ICANN's decision, Jack Simpson of ARI Registry Services called it "definitely a good thing," and notes ARI "has long been an advocate of removing the batching process from the new top-level domain program and that's predominantly because we're looking for a fair and equitable solution to the evaluation and subsequent delegation of all the applications that have been received thus far."
ICANN is now seeking comments on how to prioritize which approved domains will be delegated to the root zone as the organization will not delegate more than 1,000 domains per year. Simpson is hopeful that this decision may be made for ICANN "through a process of natural selection." Still, Simpson calls for ICANN to determine a process by which to select domains receiving priority treatment.
From Computerworld Australia
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