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US Senate to hold new gTLDs hearing

Kevin Murphy, December 2, 2011, 15:46:24 (UTC), Domain Policy

A US Senate committee is to hold a hearing into ICANN’s new generic top-level domains program next Thursday.

The Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will “examine the merits and implications of this new program and ICANN’s continuing efforts to address concerns raised by the Internet community.”

It will be webcast on the Committee’s web site.

It is believed to have been scheduled due to lobbying by the Association of National Advertisers, which has an ongoing campaign to put a stop to the new gTLD program.

It will follow a similar hearing by the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet in May, which was used to vent outrage about the program but ultimately delivered nothing.

(Note: this story has been updated from the originally posted version to reflect information contained in the official announcement.)

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Comments (4)

    • Kevin Murphy says:

      Ha! I’ve been hitting the Committee’s web site for three days waiting for the official announcement. Must have missed that one. Cheers.

  1. The bigger question will be who is scheduled to testify. Rod Beckstrom can’t legitimately avoid testifying, given all the globetrotting he’s done promoting the new TLD program. If he can meet with Bulgarians, Turks, Lebanese, and so on, he can testify in DC.

  2. This is definitely something I will have to pay closer attention to. Glad to see that the US Senate committee is getting involved. Lets just say this has been long overdue.

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