22 May 2013, ICANN has posted the GAC advice responses from the concerned applicants.
In the Beijing Communiqué [PDF, 156 KB], the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) issued advice to the ICANN Board of Directors regarding New gTLD applications.
"Beginning 18 April 2013, applicants were afforded a 21-day period in which to respond to GAC advice, as outlined in the Applicant Guidebook. The ICANN Board New gTLD Program Committee will consider the applicant responses in formulating its response to the GAC advice."
Learn more about GAC Advice [PDF, 261 KB] in Module 3 of the Applicant Guidebook.
The gTLD Prioritization "Draw" was a mistake. But its negative impact can still be mitigated. The best course of action follows directly from information that can be gleaned from available data.
Let us start with the latest piece of intelligence: who "played" in the "Draw"?
1766 of 1917 applications had a lottery ticket. This is much worse than expected. Very few abstained. Even the purely defensive applicants saw no other choice but to "play". read more
The following is a guest post by Joe Alagna, GM North American Markets at CentralNic. He attended yesterday’s prioritization draw at the LAX Hilton in Los Angeles. His summary outlines the results of the lottery draw along with some important information regarding the timeline of the new gTLD process.
Yesterday, ICANN held the prioritization draw and assigned priority to each new gTLD application . The first thing I noticed as I started my day is Uniregistry’s Santa Claus milling around the hotel and wishing applicants a Merry (dot).Christmas. I think he really added to the event; it was appropriate for the season. more
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