20 November 2013
On 17 November 2013, ICANN published the Alternate Path to Delegation Reports and lists of Second-Level Domains (SLDs) to block for all eligible proposed new gTLDs, which was further updated on 18 November 2013 with the published list of 25 proposed new gTLDs found to be ineligible for the Alternate Path to Delegation. This clears the way for the vast majority of new gTLDs to move forward to Delegation, while addressing concerns about Name Collision raised by the community.
This necessitates a "Required Change" to the Registry Agreement ("RA") for new gTLDs. Effective immediately, Specification 6, which addresses Registry Interoperability and Continuity, has been replaced in its entirety.
Read the Documentation:
- Updated Registry Agreement [PDF, 649 KB], (includes replacement Specification 6)
- Blacklined Registry Agreement [PDF, 651 KB], (shows modifications made to the previously modified version of Specification 6 that was published on 16 October 2013)
Registries that have signed the Registry Agreement and Supplement have been or will soon be notified directly via email, pursuant to Section 1 of the RA Supplement. Registries need not take any action – the Required Change will incorporate seamlessly into the RA without any further required action by the Registry Operator or ICANN. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
The modification to the RA is not expected to place any substantial new burden on Registries, and the publication of the Alternate Path to Delegation Reports and lists of Second-Level Domains (SLDs) to block for all eligible proposed new gTLDs is an important step to protecting stability of the Internet, and gaining public trust, during the gTLD expansion.
Learn more about the NGPC's New gTLD Collision Occurrence Management Plan [PDF, 840 KB].