As noted earlier, the need for non-Latin (IDN) domains has become critical in order to
serve people using scripts like Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, etc. ICANN, however, decided to
implement non-Latin domains as part of its broader expansion plan for Latin domains. When
the larger expansion plan began to bog-down over objections and rights protection, it looked as
if non-Latin domains would be delayed, too.
Steve Del Bianco - NetChoice.org - http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/...anco090923.pdf