The new gTLDs: ask the experts
TB&I spoke to ICANN chief operating officer Akram Atallah about the timeline for new gTLDs and what still needs to be done.
What exactly does your role entail?
I’m the chief operating officer (COO) and I have the responsibility of implementing the new generic top-level domains (gTLD) programme. I have a team that is running the implementation of the programme. We’re moving towards putting the registry services (an existing team) and a new gTLD team as well as registrar support and customer support all in one team which reports to me.
The rationale is that the new gTLD programme is going to be active for about a year, or maybe longer, from now. About 1,500 registries are going to move from application to actual registries that have to be supported—the idea is that the team that’s doing the new gTLD programme will move to support the registries and registrars over that period. We want to transition them from applicant support to registry and registrar support.
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