.Web, .blog among those not eligible for APD.
ICANN has posted the block lists for all new top level domain names that want to pursue the “alternate path to delegation.”
New TLDs can launch faster if they choose this option, which requires them to block certain second level domain name registrations, as least in the beginning.
Until now, ICANN had been publishing these lists in small batches, so this development will be welcomed by applicants…
Except for some of them, who either have found out they aren’t eligible for the Alternate Path to Delegation (25 of them) or that their block list is really, really big.
Among the most contested domains that aren’t eligible for the Alternate Path to Delegation are .web, .blog, .mail, .site and .free. Among brands, .Google appears to not be eligible, although the mitigation plan may involve mostly internal systems.
Most block lists so far have been under 5,000 domain names. Some of the new ones are much, much larger. Brand application .yahoo has to block nearly 60,000 second level strings. .Search will have to block over 47,000, and .aaa nearly 62,000.