FTC wants ICANN to address overarching issues with new TLDs rather than one-off cases.
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has responded to ICANN’s request that it investigate the practices of top level domain name registry Vox Populi over its rollout of the .sucks domain name.
I’d summarize its response as: “yeah, we told you this would happen with your rollout of new TLDs”.
FTC’s Chairwoman Edith Ramirez wrote (pdf) that the FTC cannot comment on the existence of any pending investigations, yet noted that the FTC will “monitor the actions of registries and other actors in this arena”.
She reminded ICANN that it brought up many of these consumer protection issues during the process of designing the new top level domain name program: Click here to continue reading…