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Old 24th September 2010, 06:42 PM
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(IDNs) to the root is expected to increase significantly.

it is expected that the rate of adding internationalized domain names (IDNs) to the root is expected to increase significantly.
There is clearly a need to avoid root change congestion at the operational level and the potential problems that might flow from resource demands on the root operators already faced with extra strings being to be added to the root to accommodate IDNs. It is quite conceivable for example that a major commercial gTLD such as a “” would require labels in up to 20 scripts. The ability of the root operators to keep in step with the number of IDN labels and at what rate of addition will need careful assessment. The GAC considers that this would further justify a control procedure in the rate of gTLD delegations that would serve to keep all the actors in line including the root operators as well as ensuring that the system remains properly integrated.
This control mechanism would of course require carefully designed and clearly understood public policy criteria to be established in the applicant guidebook before implementation.
Market and Economic Impacts
Although it was published too late to be taken into account at the Brussels meeting, the GAC welcomes the publication of “An Economic Framework for the Analysis of the Expansion of gTLDs” (the report). The GAC looks forward to receiving the case analysis that is to follow this report.
A key issue identified in the report is that ICANN has insufficient information to enable it to predict with certainty the economic impacts of the delegation of a large number of new gTLD strings. The GAC notes in this context the suggestion contained in the economic analysis that ICANN address this problem through conducting a small pilot programme with the aim of collecting relevant information and then using this data to refine and improve the application rules for the subsequent rounds. Such a proposal would have the support of many governments as consistent with sound technical and management practice when embarking on such a transformative initiative as the full opening up of the gTLD space in the domain name system.
At the same time, the GAC is aware that there may be a number of relatively straightforward, non-sensitive and uncontroversial gTLD proposals – including community-based initiatives – which are being unduly delayed as a result of wider operational and policy development issues that do not directly concern or involve them. In the GAC’s view, these applications could be considered as part of a fast track first round. Instituting such a first phase of the gTLD round would also serve to “road test” the core application procedures and bed them in before subjecting them to the handling of more complex applications. The GAC also notes in this respect that the fast track process for IDN ccTLDs could serve as a useful benchmark.
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