March 20, 2013, The ICANN CEO
He was pleased that ICANN is on track and within its timelines ,mentioning the Drawing URS Contention sets and this week the first batch of the initial evaluation panel results were released in order of the prioritization draw.
The trademark clearing house he said is also ready to take on the registration of the new trademarks which is expected to begin on March 26, 2013. The Strawman solution and the immense numbers of public comments that aided in making decisions that affect the process, such as implementing the 30 day period for each sunrise of a new gTLD, among others
He promised that all milestones will be in place and that all the target dates will be achieved. That will culminate to the delegation of gTLDs on April 23rd, he requested that there is need for a common stand that will help in hitting the set targets
He concludes that “the excitement about the new gTLDs is global and is upon us and I urge all of us to keep that focus in mind and to work together without cutting corners but rather with collegiality, with genuine common interest, always from the bottom up, always involving everyone with public interest and the growth in DNS balanced properly so that we can be proud of what we achieved in these weeks”
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