Expressions of Interest for new TLDs move forward.
The idea for “Expressions of Interest” for new top level domain names cleared a hurdle last week, as ICANN’s board asked staff to push forward on the idea.
The unofficial minutes from the ICANN board meeting on December 9 explain what will happen next:
Whereas ICANN staff has presented an analysis of the potential benefits of an Expressions of Interest (EOI) process, and has developed a preliminary EOI process model for ICANN Board discussion;
Whereas the board discussion has resulted in some preliminary determinations pending formalizing the EOI process model and obtaining public comment on those determinations;
Resolved, (2009.12.09.05), ICANN staff is hereby directed to record and publish for public comment the risks and considerations considered by the board and the ICANN Board’s determinations on the EOI process model. Staff is also directed to continue undertaking additional analysis on those determinations.
Resolved, (2009.12.09.06), ICANN staff shall summarize: a) the public comments resulting from the publication of the risks and considerations considered by the board, b) ICANN Board’s determinations on the EOI process model, and c) the additional staff analysis undertaken; and present that summary to the ICANN Board. Further, along with that summary ICANN staff shall present a proposed EOI process model for approval at the ICANN Board’s February 2010 meeting.
To understand the Expressions of Interest idea better, listen to DNW Radio’s interview with Antony Van Couvering. And for a bit of humor, take a look at my list of new TLDs I’ll express an interest in if ICANN decides to make the EOI fees too low.