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Status: Proposed
country: International
Type: Generic
Category: Technology
Priority #: 819 - Amazon
911 - Donuts (Victor Dale, LLC)
982 - GMO Registry
1075 - WhitePages TLD LLC
1787 - Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)

.mail is a proposed TLD in ICANN's New gTLD Program.

Applicants

  1. Amazon - The Universal Postal Union filed a Community Objection against this application.[1]
  2. Donuts (Victor Dale, LLC) - This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here. The Universal Postal Union filed a Community Objection against this application.[2]
  3. GMO Registry
  4. Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.) - The Universal Postal Union filed a Community Objection against this application.[3]
  5. WhitePages TLD LLC[4] The Universal Postal Union filed a Community Objection against this application, as did GMO Registry, Inc.[5]

Former Applicants

  1. 1&1 Mail & Media GmbH - This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here. It was subsequently WITHDRAWN, however the Universal Postal Union still filed a Community Objection against this application.[6] It was the first applicant to leave the contention set.
  2. Afilias - The second applicant to leave the contention set; May 2013.[7]

GAC Early Warning

The applications from Amazon and 1&1 Mail & Media GmbH was issued a GAC Early Warning from the representative of Australia and GAC Chair, Heather Dryden. The warning system is noted as a strong recommendation on behalf of national governments to the ICANN Board that a given TLD application should be denied as it stands. Applicants are encouraged to work with objecting GAC members.[8]

The warning states that the applicant is "seeking exclusive access to a common generic string .. that relates to a broad market sector," which Ms. Dryden notes could have unintended consequences and a negative impact on competition.[9]

Name Collision Issues

In October 2013 ICANN released their final assessment and mitigation plan for the Name Collision issue that was facing the New gTLD program. On 18 November 2013, ICANN announced the applied-for strings that were eligible for an alternative path towards delegation that would allow applicants to proceed without waiting for further mitigation research and plans to be published. 25 strings, including .mail, were not eligible for the alternative path, and will have to wait for more plans to be published before continuing towards delegation.[10]

References

  1. Pending Cases, ICCWBO.org Retrieved 14 May 2013
  2. Pending Cases, ICCWBO.org Retrieved 14 May 2013
  3. Pending Cases, ICCWBO.org Retrieved 14 May 2013
  4. Mail Status, ICANN.org
  5. Pending Cases, ICCWBO.org Retrieved 14 May 2013
  6. Pending Cases, ICCWBO.org Retrieved 14 May 2013
  7. Afilias Dumps Mail Bid and Three Other New gTLD Withdrawls, DomainIncite.comPublished and Retrieved 15 May 2013
  8. GAC Early Warning, NewgTLDS.ICANN.org Retrieved 25 Nov 2012
  9. Mail AU, GACweb.ICANN.org Retrieved 25 Nov 2012
  10. Announcement 17 Nov 13, ICANN.org Retrieved 20 Feb 2014