Jackson Hts., New York, June 20, 2011 - Meeting in Singapore, the Board of Directors of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, today approved a plan to usher in one of the biggest changes ever to the Internet’s Domain Name System. The Board vote was 13 approving, 1 opposed, and 2 abstaining.
Beginning as early as January 2012, an Application Guidebook will be released to enable entities to apply for city and other new Top Level Domains.
Today’s action is the latest milestone on the path toward issuing new TLDs that began during the Clinton Administration with the creation of ICANN in 1998. Ten years later, in June 2008, ICANN approved a New TLD policy that set the groundwork for today’s approval.
Following yesterday’s timeline, domain names using the .nyc TLD could be issued as soon as the first half of 2013. While there’s always the potential for additional delays, see for example our NTIA: Responsibility and Respect for Stakeholders post, this action will assuredly move the city toward more detailed thinking about the role of a TLD, a process that we expect will include public participation. (See our process recommendations.) We’ll post on the process and timeline for preparing and submitting the .nyc application to ICANN soon.