[At-Large] [lac-discuss-en] Vistaprint is abandoning .vista

John Laprise jlaprise at gmail.com
Sat Jul 14 14:08:17 UTC 2018

My two cents:

The failure if new gTLDs is only a concern to ICANN and at large to the
extent that it negatively impacts the security and stability (S&S) of the
internet. A minority of end users are interested in acquiring a new gTLD
and for them, we want to make the process simple and straightforward while
not endangering S&S.

I've seen no evidence to date that new gTLD usage is approaching that of
legacy gTLDs or ccTLDs nor evidence that this is likely to change. New
gTLDs are the narrow tip of the TLD long tail distribution. End user
trust/habit will likely continue to preference more well established
(older) TLDs rather than new ones. Their likely failure and aggregation if
anything should be anticipated. If anything, ICANN should have recourse to
reclaim new gTLDs that are acquired but lie fallow and go unused (owner of
new gTLD fails to execute their business plan) and make them available to
others. ICANN should discourage new gTLD squatting.

The failure of new gTLDs for business reasons is frankly not ICANN's or at
large's concern. In this sense ICANN needn't gave rounds for new gTLDs but
rather have an ongoing process that enables new gTLD granting/creation in
an ongoing basis along with evaluation if those granted to determine their
utilization. I'd throw open the doors with the admonition that new gTLDs
aren't guaranteed to succeed.
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