Next opportunity for Board approval comes in April.
We now know that ICANN’s Board will not vote on approving the new top level domain name applicant guidebook at its March meeting in San Francisco.
But will the delay be just one month?
ICANN’s Board of Directors will meet again on April 21 for a “Special Meeting of the ICANN Board of Directors”.
Given that ICANN will have its bylaws-defined consultation with the Governmental Advisory Committee during its March meeting, it seems reasonable that one month later everything will be wrapped up.
Then again, as people frequently point out, no one has ever lost money betting against approval.
If new TLDs get the green light in April then you can expect the application window to open up in the fall, and the first new TLDs to come on line either late 2012 or early 2013.
But I’m not placing any bets on that.