The Sponsored TLD .CAT got the green light to move ahead from ICANN this week, another of the sTLD proposals in the second round of submissions to gain momentum toward being added to the root.
When I shared the news today with folks, the most common response was a tongue in cheek response, 'Where is .DOG?'.
[I suppose that one could look at the forward and halt momentum loops that ICM Registry are experiencing with .XXX as a scenario not unlike cruelly naming your dog 'Stay', and then calling him. (c'mere stay, c'mere stay, etc.]
Still, comedy aside, this is not a TLD for animal species, but rather for a language.
As opposed to .CAT being a feline lover's TLD, the charter is focused around the Catalan language. Core, who performs technical registry functions for .Museum and .Aero will operate the technical back end for the .CAT registry.
The ICANN Press Release
15 September - Marina del Rey, California -
The ICANN Board of Directors today approved the contractual arrangement with Fundació puntCAT for the introduction of a new .CAT, a sponsored top level domain (sTLD), for the Catalan language community. The Board noted the written communications it had received from the governments of Spain and Andorra not objecting to the .CAT application.
The Board also considered an agreement for the proposed .XXX sTLD. It expressed some concerns in relation to draft compliance and process terms. The Board directed ICANN staff to negotiate additional contractual provisions requiring development and implementation of policies consistent with ICM Registry's application. The Board will consider the outcome of these negotiations at some future date.
The board dealt with an additional administrative matter, and continued other matters on its agenda until its next board meeting.
Tanzanica S. King
Communications and Operations Specialist
Long time ICANN veteran and contributor to IDN and other technical advancements, Amadeu April i April, has patiently led the charge to obtain a language centric TLD for a large community of internet users who promote and use the Catalan language.
Congratulations to ICANN and to PuntCat and their 98 Associate member organizations for this step forward.
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