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ICANN to Implement the Process for Review of gTLD Registry Services


By Derek Iwasiuk
July 27, 2006

ICANN announced on Tuesday the implementation of the Process for review of gTLD Registry Services and adoption of the Registry Services Evaluation Process. The Process applies to all gTLD registries and registry sponsoring organizations under contract with ICANN.

The implementation of the process includes an online tool through which gTLD registry operators and registry sponsoring organizations will be able to submit their requests for new registry services to ICANN. Currently the last steps in formation of the technical panel that will consider stability and security issues will be completed in time to meet the effective date of the Policy, August 15, 2006.

The Process and its implementation have been developed to support a timely, efficient and open process for the evaluation of new registry services, a technical panel that may review the effect of a proposed registry service on security and stability, a process by which competition issues can be verified and to encourage transparency and communication between registry operators or registry sponsoring organizations and ICANN staff before requests for new registry services and contractual changes are submitted as formal proposals to ICANN.

ICANN ( is an internationally organised, public benefit non-profit responsible for coordinating Internet Protocol (IP) address space allocation, protocol identifier assignment, generic (gTLD) and country code (ccTLD) Top-Level Domain name system management, and root server system management functions.

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