The CEO of GoDaddy, Blake Irving, has announced at a meeting of current and future domain registries that he expects the new gTLDs to be available for the public to buy from June. Irving admitted that no-one is certain when the first batch of new domain names will be available, but noted that “three months from now” is the general consensus in the industry.
Irving went on to defend the ICANN domain name auction process, in response to criticism directed at ICANN for alleged “self-dealing” and the potential for abuse through domain parking. He stated that “free market economics allow people to buy the names they want”, and claimed that domain parking is less prevalent than it used to be.
In anticipation of an increase in new business GoDaddy is tweaking its website to make it easier to navigate. GoDaddy recently dropped its gTLD applications for ‘.casa’ and ‘.home’.
The first gTLDs to go on sale are thought likely be non-Roman scripts such as Russian or Chinese, since they were given high priority by ICANN. The order of other names was determined by a lottery held in December 2012.