ICANN chief operating officer Doug Brent says that although he believes the generic top-level domain (gTLD) implementation process is on track, the complete adoption of the new domains could take as much as a decade to pan out. At this point most of what ICANN knows about gTLD interest is anecdotal, but the organization estimates that it will receive hundreds of applications to create new gTLDs.
Introducing new TLDs is an idea that has been in play for the past decade, according to Brent. Thus far, he estimates the organization has spent more than $10 billion in resources developing the plans and processes to create a transparent and fair system for administering gTLDs. Brent believes that this time has been well spent and that the new domains will have their own value without interfering with the worth of existing established domains such as .com or .uk.
That is not to say he does not see any change in the future of the Internet. Over the next 10 years, Brent predicts that the Internet will become increasingly global, with more information and domains being offered in Arabic, Chinese, Indian, and a host of other languages. Nevertheless, Brent reports that ICANN currently has no comment on criticisms regarding the organization's ties to the U.S. government or any specific announcements in connection to the Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Department of Commerce, which expires in September.
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