ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé stated that he’s uncomfortable with the current timing for the new gTLD programme. He explained that with the direct effect which will be had on billions of Internet users and businesses by the implementation of the programme, it was imperative to ensure a cautious approach is taken by slowing the process down as necessary.
Speaking at a regional ICANN meeting in Amsterdam in January, Chehadé commented that, based on his experience: “Honestly, if it was up to me, I would delay the whole release of new gTLDs by at least a year”.
His comments reflect a general feeling that the new gTLD programme may not be ready for full implementation in light of the widespread effect it will have on billions of Internet users. In 2008 dozens of organisations showed support for the idea of a staged release of new gTLDs, proposing an initial rollout for low-risk gTLDs such as Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) and branded gTLDS. More recently, in Public Comment Postings made between May and July 2010, several other organisations echoed the concern and suggested similar ways to mitigate the risks.
Support for Chehadé is encouraged, to enable him to control the responsible release of new gTLDs by slowing down the implementation of the new gTLD programme.