The home stretch is always a long stretch.
It’s been a while since I’ve moved, but in the late 90s/early 00s I moved from dorm to dorm to several apartments. There’s one thing (other than a sore back) that I remember from all of these moves: the last 10% is the hardest.
Just when I thought I was 90% done moving my stuff, I’d find that the last 10% remaining in my apartment was actually a lot more than I thought. Maybe I left some of the difficult stuff for last, but it also seemed that all the small things really added up to a lot.
I think we’ll experience the same thing with new top level domain names. Although it seems we’re close to the finish line, there is still a lot that needs to be worked out. It’s going to take more time than many people think.
Other than the last 10%, there’s one more thing that could seriously derail new TLD plans: If .xxx isn’t approved this week, I think you can push the timeline for new TLDs back at least 6 months.