Archives For NTIA

Defensive Dilemma

FairWinds Partners —  February 17, 2012

As a gTLD Strategy reader, you know what’s up when it comes to “defensive” new gTLD applications. You know they have nothing to do with protecting your trademarks or brands against cybersquatters – there are plenty of trademark protections and objection procedures laid out in the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook that will prevent opportunists from cybersquatting at the top level, not to mention the fact that the complexity and cost of the application both act as more or less insurmountable obstacles for squatters. Continue Reading…

Strickling Speaks Out

FairWinds Partners —  January 5, 2012

Earlier this week, National Telecommunications and Information Administration Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information Lawrence Strickling sent a letter to ICANN Chairman Steve Crocker urging ICANN to consider implementing certain measures in regards to the New gTLD Program. Those suggestions are as follows: Continue Reading…

Delay? Not Today.

FairWinds Partners —  December 9, 2011

Recent attention from the U.S. Congress, as well as negative statements from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, have caused some to speculate that the U.S. government will intervene to either stop ICANN’s New gTLD Program or delay its launch, currently scheduled for January 12, 2012. Continue Reading…

A few weeks back, we wrote about the upcoming expiration of the IANA contract between the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and ICANN. At that point, the NTIA had announced that it will be accepting proposals from potential new contractors between early November and early December of this year.

Now, the NTIA has officially issued its Request for Proposal, and it includes a few marked changes from previous iterations of the IANA contract. For one, it includes much more stringent language requiring the contractor disclose any conflicts of interest.But perhaps most surprising to some is the fact that the NTIA will now require the new contractor to be a wholly U.S. owned an operated firm or fully accredited U.S. college or university. Previously, the NTIA had only required that the contractor maintain a physical address in the U.S. Continue Reading…

When we talk about new gTLDs, it’s almost impossible not to mention the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization behind the initiative. But where exactly did ICANN get the authority to implement a change that will pretty seriously alter the way we think about Internet addresses? Continue Reading…