Domain Name News - October 28, 2007 - Webnames Blog

Domain Name News – October 28, 2007

ICANN Meets This Week In Los Angeles – ICANN is holding meetings in Los Angeles until Friday, November 2. A website provides updated information, and many events are being webcast. Among the topics to be addressed are:


  • an open meeting of the Security and Stability Advisory Committee (SSAC) including a presentation on “domain name front running” which considers “the opportunity for a party with some form of insider information to anticipate an Internet user’s preference for registering a domain name and preemptively register that name.”
  • a tribute to outgoing Board chair Vint Cerf
  • frameworks for ICANN’s accountability and transparency
  • improvements to the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO)
  • the 2008-2011 strategic plan

Single-Letter And Single-Digit Domain Names Being Considered – ICANN has begun a forum on “potential allocation methods for single-letter and single-digit domain names at the second level in gTLD registries. Examples include,,, Since revenue will result from this allocation, comments regarding the potential uses for this revenue are also requested.” Such domain names are currently reserved, although six single-character names (,,,, and had previously been registered.

NeuStar To Continue Operating The .US Registry – The National Telelecommunications and Information Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has renewed NeuStar’s contract to manage the .US domain registry. The renewal is a three-year agreement with two one-year options. A joint venture backed by GoDaddy and Afilias had also competed for the contract.

Picks To Click


  • Tue, Oct 9 – Tue, Oct 30: .asia registry sunrise for registered marks
  • Mon, Oct 29 – Fri, Nov 2: ICANN meetings in Los Angeles
  • Wed, Oct 31: last day for responses to second Nominet governance consultation
  • Mon, Nov 12: last day for submissions to .nz domain policy review
  • Tue, Nov 13 – Tue, Jan 15: .asia registry sunrise for marks, extended marks, entity names
  • Thu, Nov 15: last day for submissions on single character domain names
  • Mon, Nov 19: last day for submissions on the ICANN gTLD registry failover plan
  • Wed, Dec 19: last day for submissions to .nz IDN consultation
  • Sun, Feb 10 – Fri, Feb 15: ICANN meetings in Delhi
  • Sun, Jun 22 – Fri, Jun 27: ICANN meetings in Paris

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