No longer just a “probably not”.
In case your glass-half-full optimism wouldn’t let go of the idea that ICANN’s Board of Directors would approve the new gTLD applicant guidebook at its March meeting in San Francisco, I’ve got news for you.
It’s not going to happen.
In a blog post today, ICANN outlines ongoing work with the Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) on new TLDs.
ICANN and the GAC are meeting in Brussels next month. Then it will have a bylaws-defined consultation with the GAC during its San Francisco meeting on March 17, the day before the board holds its regularly scheduled meeting.
Just in case there’s still any question, the post says:
Because of the timing of the bylaws consultation, the Board will not approve or announce the new gTLD program at that Board Meeting.