ICANN Stands Ready for New gTLD Launch

by Rod Beckstrom on January 6, 2012

On Tuesday 3 January 2012, our executive team met with Michael Salazar, New gTLD Program Director, to review ICANN’s readiness to open the application window for the new generic top-level domain program on Thursday, 12 January, as planned.

We carefully reviewed every critical aspect. Each executive was called on to indicate whether his or her group is fully prepared to fulfill their role in supporting the program. While we noted the ongoing presence of risks that were identified and highlighted to the Board and community in June, and the mitigation steps that have been taken, each executive indicated approval to proceed. As a result, Chief Operating Officer Akram Atallah and Michael Salazar gave me the green light to move forward.

On Thursday, we held an information call with the Board of Directors. I informed the Board that we are prepared to move forward and to open the program as planned. In the package of materials, available at http://www.icann.org/en/minutes/, you can see the items that have been completed, as well as target dates for open items that require final resolution. These include support for needy applicants and a discussion of the timing of the next application round. The issues should be settled before the application window closes on 12 April but their resolution is not essential before the window opens on 12 January.

We thank the community, the Board and everyone involved in developing and refining this program, which will open the Internet to greater innovation at the top level.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Russia 01.06.12 at 11:32 pm

.рф and .ru already dead zone, the coordination center already as 2 months don\’t delete the delayed domains and doesn\’t develop national zones. When icann will already pay to this attention that the national coordinator completely stays idle and is engaged in only corruption affairs to please the офелированных persons on отъему money from the future managers. Development of zones .рф and .RU is completely stopped and айкен stays idle…

ishaan 01.07.12 at 5:07 am

I think you are providing the information about gTLD. let’s see in future.

Jim Fleming 01.07.12 at 7:01 am

This sounds like a Top-Down SPIDER-like organization.

What happened to all that SPIN about Star.FISH and the Eco.System ?

For the record, the rest of the human race on Planet.Earth and .MARS and in the .ISS stand ready to protect each other from http://TheBigLieSociety.com

Bring it on – 11.11.11 was an important Flag.Day that obviously went right over your head. 12.12.12 will be another Flag.Day – IPv16

Jim Fleming 01.07.12 at 3:43 pm

People should be aware the gTLD Launch is about 12 years too late.


Newer technology will be emerging. The .USA FTC is correct in telling people to be careful. The Internet is a jungle.

By the way, with the new DNS it will be hard to prevent ALL .COM owners from promoting themselves to a TLD. First-Right-of-Refusal DNS Resolution allows them to intervene. That is a potential 100 million Top Level Domains, with no Applicants or fees.

Jim Fleming 01.08.12 at 7:21 am

It should be clear to even the casual observer that http://TheBigLieSociety.com continues it’s Intelligence Gathering Mission (DNS Whois Who.was… Who is where… DNA DIA etc)

Apparently, wealthy people are prepared to throw $185,000 in the direction of insiders prepared to pocket it. The U.S. Government is
willing to stand-by and watch. The last time, people claim they got
an ICANN T-Shirt for $40,000. The Postel, Cerf and Crocker cronies
did well.

Legal experts note that money has to change hands before the U.S. FTC can step in. Complaints and class-action lawsuits are also expected. The so-called “Legal Community” has many ways they
plan to prosper. They seem to ignore the technical realities.
Experts will of course be paid (after the fact) to explain the technology.

With an Election.Year in the .USA the FCC is willing to build several
new Internets. Some see the Smart.Money being tossed in that
direction. American consumers will decide with their purchases.
The .TV and 4095 other 2-Letter gTLDs should keep them happy.

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快乐.中国 01.09.12 at 4:17 am

Review what? review icann received how much money last year?
A lot of problem have not been resolved, you accept new Application again, for money or what?
there isn’t any email system support IDNs in the world
you ICANN is a organization, not a company, you need take responsibility to guide the people make tlds into use.

Jim Fleming 01.09.12 at 8:13 am

When you “Launch” via Software – Computers (not humans) handle the details for very little cost.

The 4096 TWO-Letter gTLDs are constructed from 12-bits derived from two 6-bit Symbols. You can type all of the Symbols via a keyboard, but lower case letters map to Symbols like r® and c©.

The 12-bits also seed the UDP Peer-2-Peer Ports that are moved to the IP Header in the deprecated Identification Field. Fragmentation is no longer used.

TLDs such as .US .DE .AU are re-launched with the new P2P DNS and their Currency. The [BitCoin NameCoin] Block Chain has a Genesis Block per TLD. The 12-bit Port locates the proper Chain. There is
no IANA or Central Block CZAR.

The Official ZOOM://DNS 6-bit Alphabet
a@ b♠ c© d♦ e= f☺ g& h# i| j♫ k♣ l/ m₪ n! o∞ p% q♥ r® s$ t™ u_ v^ w? x☼ y¥ z▒

Hasagawa 01.09.12 at 9:55 am

This will be a total desaster! The Internet is already confusing when it comes to remembering a URL. But, when people have to remember a dot whatever (sure someone wants that one too), it will just drive Google traffic even more.
Then there are common words like “water” or “film”; is anyone going to protect words not owned as trademarks?

Is there going to be a way to file objections to someone’s registration application?

This is just going to make the fatcats more fat, because they will control all the common word domains. They should forbid people from using common words.

Jim Fleming 01.09.12 at 12:41 pm

“This will be a total desaster! The Internet is already confusing…”

It could also be a .DISASTER…

.DISASTER was not in the Top 2048 TLDs in 1999

With 4096 slots (each with a 2-Letter Anchor Tenant) new gTLDs could enter the main-stream (Trending Root). The new DNS software
handles all that untouched by human intervention.


Jim Fleming 01.09.12 at 12:53 pm


For people working on .INC – the new DNS software will “favor” (via First.Right.of.Refusal Resolutions) your ▒▒▒▒▒.COM by first asking for the Nameservers via INC.▒▒▒▒▒.COM

Secondly, the software will ask for Nameservers via ▒▒▒▒▒-INC.COM

There is a way to Auto.Map the .INC to .COM but that is not the Default setting. In that case, owning a .COM gives you the .INC just like .NET.

10514 INC
7288 NET
6472 USA
4481 GROUP
4101 WEB
3891 TECH
3077 UK
2542 IT
2415 US
2322 LINE
2209 LAW
2161 INFO
2027 WORLD
1932 INTL
1880 CORP
1874 CO

The new DNS Software is derived from DNSMASQ which has nearly 100% Market.Share.

Jim Fleming 01.09.12 at 1:24 pm

“ICANN Helps Deserving Applicants Join New gTLD Program”

“Here is a preliminary summary of the file of messages, including domain
name registration forms, received by the IANA since Septermber 1995.”

2048 more “Deserving TLDs”

…then there are the 4096 Two-Letter Deserving TLDs

Plus COLOR DNS…with 4 Colors
00-Black 01-Red 10-Green 11-Blue
…or more colors and less Symbols with the 5-bit DNS Symbol Set

Jim Fleming 01.09.12 at 5:36 pm

“ICANN Helps Deserving Applicants Join New gTLD Program”

More “Deserving Applicants” waiting since 2000…

BTW…what happened to their $40,000 fees ?

Jim Fleming 01.10.12 at 6:51 am

“ICANN Community to Meet and Greet in Washington, D.C., January 10″

? Washington.DC ?

Don’t forget there are 50 States in the current .USA

.BO – http://OFA.BO

.FCC Equal Time Laws
.MR – Mitt Romney
.NG – Newt
.DT – Donald Trump

http://TheBigLieSociety.com is OFF.SHORE ? in Ireland ? Switzerland ? – great for American .JOBS


Jim Fleming 01.10.12 at 9:51 am

IANA Scemes must be FREE ?



Jim Fleming 01.10.12 at 12:07 pm


“ICANN, based in Palo Alto, California, was created in 1998 by the administration of former U.S. President Bill Clinton to take over domain name regulation from the U.S. government.

It reported to the U.S. Commerce Department until 2009 but says it is now an international non-profit organization representing the world’s 2 billion Internet users.”

REALLY ? Did YOU grant ICANN the right to “represent YOU” ?
…was that in the fine print ?

Jim Fleming 01.10.12 at 1:24 pm

“ICANN Stands Ready for New gTLD Launch”

Does IANA also “Stand Ready” ?

The Word.Games are SOOOOO Clever…
“It reported to the U.S. Commerce Department until 2009″

Jim Fleming 01.11.12 at 7:16 am

It may be best to recognize the TWO CAMPS (Parties) and move on…

On the Left is the THIN.CLIENT central server Cloud Community

On the Right is the Peer-2-Peer THIN.Network FOG Community

The old legacy DNS follows the Telco (Central Control) THIN.CLIENT camp – IPv6 DNSSEC etc…

Peer-2-Peer DNS and other applications are harder to develop and harder to track and stop. There is no IANA and central control.

Google://BitCoin for more on Peer-2-Peer

Your Name.Space from the legacy DNS can move to Peer-2-Peer
Peer-2-Peer starts with a Digital Wallet with a 16 symbol passphrase
on what looks like a Gift Card in a Duct Tape Wallet. Yes, you can
touch it.

THREE Routers are used to STORE in NVRAM your valuable wallet
keys and your domain names. There is NO Central Registry. The
millions of Routers swarm to create the storage for the domains.

To “sell” a domain you have to hand over physical credentials.
The THREE Routers are also part of the package. You can hold
them in your hands and take them into a court of law. Experts can
verify they are “authentic”.

…for those following the old legacy DNS Telco camp there are many
parties scheduled in .VEGAS this week…

Jim Fleming 01.11.12 at 3:19 pm

…for those following the old legacy DNS Telco camp there are many
parties scheduled in .VEGAS this week…

There is also a lot of LOBBYIST work going on in Washington.DC

FTC Update…

NTIA Update…


P2P DNS does not follow the ICANN Meat.Space Model (MLM)
It is based on Working.CODE and Consumer.Choice
…and the Freedom to have a Choice…

Jim Fleming 01.11.12 at 4:27 pm

P2P DNS does not follow the ICANN Meat.Space Model (MLM)
It is based on Working.CODE and Consumer.Choice
…and the Freedom to have a Choice…

P2P DNS is Bottom Up – Not Top Down like ICANN (IANA)
…there is no Single Point of Control

It is all Open Source Software…there are many ways to find it and
DNSMASQ has nearly 100% Market Share in $50 WIFI Routers
and Consumer Devices

Google://BitCoin NameCoin

Jim Fleming 01.12.12 at 8:26 am

Note: The COLOR DNS uses 6-bits for the Symbols and 2 bits of Color for each Symbol. (00-colorless 01-red 10-green 11-blue) There is no

The Official ZOOM://DNS 6-bit Alphabet
a@ b♠ c© d♦ e= f☺ g& h# i| j♫ k♣ l/ m₪ n! o∞ p% q♥ r® s$ t™ u_ v^ w? x☼ y¥ z▒

2.3.3. Character Case

For all parts of the DNS that are part of the official protocol, all
comparisons between character strings (e.g., labels, domain names, etc.)
are done in a case-insensitive manner. At present, this rule is in
force throughout the domain system without exception. However, future
additions beyond current usage may need to use the full binary octet
capabilities in names, so attempts to store domain names in 7-bit ASCII
or use of special bytes to terminate labels, etc., should be avoided.

Jim Fleming 01.12.12 at 10:06 am

Any TWO Symbols below map to the 12-bit (0 to 4095) Index for a SLOT.
The lower case letters are to make it easier to type the ICON Symbols.

.US would display as US
.us would display as _$
…they are different Top Level Domains – There are 4096 total slots

The Official ZOOM://DNS 6-bit Alphabet
a@ b♠ c© d♦ e= f☺ g& h# i| j♫ k♣ l/ m₪ n! o∞ p% q♥ r® s$ t™ u_ v^ w? x☼ y¥ z▒

Jim Fleming 01.22.12 at 10:53 pm

Placing “Strings” in a centralized Client-Server DNS Root System may have little to do with how “Strings” are viewed by end-user Resolvers.

DNS Labels can consist of 8-bit Octets which may happen to be ASCII

An Applicant System based on selling Registry Franchises for “Strings” in legacy root servers that are no longer needed seems short-sited
and profit-motivated.

New DNS technology (beyond DNSMASQ) should allow the vast majority of users to move forward without the ICANN Applicant System (and IANA).

Jim Fleming 02.01.12 at 8:31 pm

The Official ZOOM://DNS 4-bit Alphabet


No IANA needed…

Jim Fleming 02.02.12 at 4:23 pm

SSAC Advisory on the Delegation of Single-Character Internationalized Domain Name Top-Level Domains

Another ABSURD conclusion with no references to The.Real.Internet.®

The Official ZOOM://DNS 6-bit Alphabet
a@ b♠ c© d♦ e= f☺ g& h# i| j♫ k♣ l/ m₪ n! o∞ p% q♥ r® s$ t™ u_ v^ w? x☼ y¥ z▒

Jim Fleming 02.05.12 at 10:26 am

The 128-bit AAAA Object is divided into TWO parts: A 60-bit Locator and a 68-bit Identifier

The 60-bit Locator is used to populate bits in the 160-bit (IPv4 or IPv3) Legacy Header foot-print

A 320-bit IPv16 Header is used for the 68-bit Identifiers.
There is room in that header for up to 16 bytes of data.
That header is similar to the basic IPv6 Header but fixes some of the flaws in that protocol.

The 60-bit Locator is broken down into easy to remember fields.
Those fields are derived from legacy IPv4 fields deprecated for new addressing.
The 8-bit field is sometimes shown as 000.T1.111
The T1 is easy to remember from the T1 WAN days
The 3 0s and 3 1s surround the T1 for legacy fields
The T bit is used to populate one bit in the legacy TTL field

There are only TWO bits for Protocol so no IANA is needed to manage those. The four protocols are NOP, ICMP, UDP+, IPv16

ayan host 10.07.13 at 1:37 pm

why not you post an article about DNS. Do you have any knowledge about that too.

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