ICANN has approved .asia.
Domain.asia appears to be on the horizon, as ICANN gave approval to DotAsia Organization Ltd.’s application for .asia at its board meeting yesterday:
Whereas, on 4 December 5, 2005, the board authorized the President and General Counsel to enter into negotiations relating to proposed commercial and technical terms for the .ASIA sponsored top-level domain (sTLD) with the applicant, DotAsia Organisation Limited,
Whereas, on 18 July, 2006, ICANN announced that negotiations with the applicant for the .ASIA sponsored top-level domain had been successfully completed, and posted the proposed .ASIA sponsored TLD registry agreement on the ICANN website,
Whereas, the Board has determined that approval of the agreement, and delegation of a .ASIA sponsored top-level domain to DotAsia Organisation Limited would be beneficial for ICANN and the Internet community,
Resolved (06.___), the proposed agreement with DotAsia Organisation Limited concerning the .ASIA sTLD is approved, and the President is authorized to take such actions as appropriate to implement the agreement.
It’s important to note that this will not be a country code domain like .eu. What’s the difference? ICANN has a larger role and oversight of non-country code domains. For country code domains ICANN only approves the domains; it does not decide policy. ICANN could only look on and watch during the .eu domain launch — EURid was able to set most of the rules, including accredidation.
DotAsia Organization Ltd. plans to offer domains in Asian languages in addition to English.