ICANN To Allow Two-Character Domains In New gTLDs

It was resisted by the Governmental Advisory Committee and some security experts, but following a request from a Registry Operators group, ICANN will now develop procedures to allow the registration of two-character domains in new gTLDs. “The appropriate decision taken was “received as extremely welcome by all registries” said Dan Schindler, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Business Development, for Donuts, the largest applicant with 307 new gTLDs. “The ability to offer two-character names is great for us and registrants.” Following security concerns, ICANN had forbidden their release, but Registry Operators representing 207 new gTLDs requested their release. Security advice requested by ICANN had shown security issues not be a concern, but the Governmental Advisory Committee still had reservations of two character letter/letter domains. As a result, the Board resolved two-character domains do “not create a reasonable risk of a meaningful adverse effect on security and stability.” So ICANN will now “develop and implement an efficient procedure for the release of two-character domains currently required to be reserved in the New gTLD Registry Agreement, taking into account the GAC’s advice in the Los Angeles Communiqué.” For more information on the approval and board resolution, see: https://www.icann.org/resources/board-material/resolutions-2014-10-16-en#2.b

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