Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) through a Twitter feed confirmed that even after opposition from lawmakers and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the internet governing body will go ahead with their plan to increase the number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs).
The tweet says that applications for gTLDs will be started to be accepted from 12th January according to previous plans. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is putting efforts to delay this ICANN process. Lawrence Strickling, NTIA Administrator wrote a letter [PDF] to Stephen Crocker, ICANN chairman to intimate about his "tremendous concern" over the gTLD program, this week, reported PC Mag.
Currently, there are 22 gTLDs in operation like .com, .net and .org and according to the ICANN approved plan people can apply for latest gTLDs. The plan was approved in the month of June last year by ICANN.
The reason behind concern of members of Congress, Federal Trade Commission and now NTIA is that there are lots of uncertainties that surround this new process and Strickling believes that many companies might need to file some defensive applications in order to protect their trademarks, for example, Apply purchasing .apple.
On the other hand, ICANN will hold a board meeting to finalise all the necessary details on Thursday.