ICANN chairman Steve Crocker has clarified comments made during a recent interview in which he said he expected new gTLDs to be delegated “towards the end of the year”.
Crocker told DI today that ICANN plans to put new gTLDs into the root “as quickly as possible” and “hopefully by the middle of the year”.
In response to our blog post yesterday, he said in an email:
What I wanted to convey was that by the end of the year I hope we will have seen the effects of some of the first new gTLDs delegated into the root. I didn’t mean to suggest that those first delegations wouldn’t happen until the end of the year. We are working aggressively toward our goal of delegating some of the first new gTLDs as quickly as possible, hopefully by the middle of this year. Instead, I was looking beyond the instant the strings enter the root to the time when the community will be able to see the effects.
So, there you have it.