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New gTLD Prioritization Draw

Posted November 23rd, 2012


A Prioritization Draw (“Draw”) will be held on 17 December 2012 in Los Angeles to assign priority numbers to all new gTLD applications. Each application will be assigned a randomly-drawn priority number. These priority numbers will be used to determine the order in which initial evaluation results are released. Only those Applicants who purchase a ticket will be able to participate in the Draw.

The Draw

The Prioritization Draw will be held on 17 December 2012 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport located at 5711 West Century Blvd, Los Angeles, California, 90045.

The Draw will begin at 1:00 p.m PST, in the International Ballroom and last until approximately 7:00 p.m., or until the last ticket has been drawn and assigned a priority number.

To participate in the Draw, an Applicant, through a designated representative or proxy (see below for more details) must purchase a ticket in person for each application that the Applicant wants prioritized.

Applicants are not required to attend the 17 December 2012 Draw to receive a prioritization number for each application.

Results of the Draw will be announced on the day of the Draw and the results will be posted on ICANN’s website at within 24 hours of the end of the Draw.

ICANN reserves the right to revise the date, time, and location of the Draw, as well as the date and time for posting the results of the Draw. If any changes do occur, ICANN will notify all Applicants.

For the full skinny go HERE.


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“EU Responds To IANA Contract Rebid”

Posted November 15th, 2011

In a recent press release, the European Commission states: “ The European Commission is pleased that its initiative to improve Internet Governance resulted in the introduction of a number of its suggested changes by the US Government for the post-March 2012 Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) contract.

The Commission welcomes the publication by the US Government of tender documents for the contract to manage the naming and numbering systems that keep the global Internet running smoothly. The new tender will be subject to a competitive bidding process and its specifications will strengthen the transparency, independence and accountability of the next IANA contractor within the Internet’s multi-stakeholder governance ecosystem.

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda said:

“The new IANA tender is a clear step forward for global internet governance. A more transparent, independent and accountable management of the Internet domain names and other resources will reinforce the Internet’s role as a global resource.”

Click HERE to read more.

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“US Puts ICANN Contract Up For Rebid”

Posted November 11th, 2011

As reported by “ The US government has put the IANA contract, which currently gives ICANN its powers to create new top-level domains, up for competitive bidding.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration issued a request for proposals late yesterday, almost a week later than expected.

The Statement Of Work, which defines the IANA contractor’s responsibilities, is over twice at long as the current IANA contract, containing many deliverables and deadlines.

While the contract is open to bidders other than ICANN, ICANN is obviously the likely winner, so it’s fair to read the SOW in that context.

Notably, the section dealing with approving new gTLDs has been changed since the draft language released in June.”

Click HERE to read the full article.

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“ICANN Warns US Not To Undermine Multistakeholder Model”

Posted July 26th, 2011

As reported by Monika Ermert for “The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has issued a new statement about a future contract with the United States for root zone management and other internet infrastructure functions, warning against undermining the multistakeholder model for governing core internet infrastructures.

ICANN statement here [pdf].

The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) recently added provisions to a new draft contract with the separate Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), obliging the contractor to demonstrate “explicit consensus support” for a new top-level domain (TLD) before it could be added to the root by IANA.”

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Letter From ICANN to NTIA On IANA Contract

Posted July 24th, 2011

Click HERE to read the correspondence from ICANN to NTIA regarding the IANA contract.

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ICANN Has Officially Requested The Loosening of Its Contractual Ties To The US Government.

Posted March 25th, 2011

“In a letter to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (pdf), ICANN president Rod Beckstrom said the US should finally make good on its promise to privatize the management of the internet’s naming and addressing resources.

Currently, ICANN manages the so-called IANA functions, which give it powers over the domain name system’s root zone, under a no-fee procurement deal with the NTIA.

That contract is up for renewal in September, and the NTIA recently issued a Notice Of Inquiry, soliciting public comments on how the IANA functions should be handled in future.”

Click HERE to read the full article by Kevin Murphy.

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@RodBeckstrom Tweets: US Dept of Commerce publishes NOI re. IANA Functions:

Posted February 25th, 2011

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IPv4 Pool Completely Drained

Posted February 3rd, 2011

While we have been told it is coming for years, the entirety of IPv4 space has been allocated as of today.

While some companies and tech savvy civilians have prepared for this day, A substantial amount of the community that has not. The transition is relatively painless but it could take quite a bit of time before IPv6 is widely deployed.

For more information about how this may affect you, check out our interview with Leo Vegoda of IANA HERE.

For more information about today’s event, Wired sums it up nicely HERE.

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Interview with IANA and ICANN: Root Zone and IDN Integration

Posted February 1st, 2011

As the New gTLD program inches ever closer to the starting gate and IDNs continue their successful integration, questions are arising about IDN integration and the stability of the Root Zone.

We spoke with Naela Sarras, Manager of the IDN Fast Track and Kim Davies, Manager of Root Zone Services at ICANN about how the DNS and Root could be affected by these new additions. Their answers are surprising and reveal what the possibilities for Internet expansion can be.


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Interview With IANA: IPv6 Deployment And What It Really Means For You

Posted January 25th, 2011

For years we have been hearing about the transition form the IPv4 operating platform to IPv6. We are repeatedly told that IPv6 is coming and that we need to be ready for it. Every ICANN meeting since Paris has held an IPv6 session, urging the platform adoption. Until recently the IPv6 fuss has been a fairly industry specific concern.

In the last few months, articles have begun appearing about the platform in a more urgent way. It began as a slow trickle and then suddenly every week a major publication introduced its readers to this new thing called IPv6. Reading the articles, one can’t help but wonder what this might look like to civilians (those who don’t live eat sleep and breathe domains and technical details) who depend on the Internet as an important function of daily life but don’t necessarily know much about how the back end works.

Even within the community there are large swaths of people who don’t completely get what this platform switch means. The realization dawns that while we may attend IPv6 sessions at every ICANN meeting and have a basic understanding of the platform it can still be a difficult concept to fully grasp.

We sat down with Leo Vegoda of IANA, The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority to get the low down on how the platform change will really affect corporations and end users.


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