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ICANN Defends Plans for New TLDs But Launch Date to Likely Slip

On September 23, ICANN's Chief Operating Officer, Doug Brent was asked by ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee why they were continuing to move forward with the launch of new gTLDs when they had not yet been able to resolve complaints.

Brent stated that Internet users have long called for the expansion of new gTLDs and that winners of new gTLDs would have to abide by a lengthy set of rules.

Brent went on to say that "ICANN did not casually think this plan up."

Although an official launch date for the program was not provided, Brent said that he expected a slip in the schedule as ICANN works to resolve issues.

The launch had been expected to begin in the first quarter of 2010.

By Elisa Cooper, SVP Marketing and Policy at Brandsight, Inc.

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