'''.eco''' is a proposed [[gTLD]] in [[ICANN]]'s [[New gTLD Program|new gTLD program]]. The TLD is aimed at drawing attention to ecological/environmental causes and for organizations, their membership, businesses, products and other entities that want to associate themselves with ecology/the environment.
On 6 October 2014 the Economist Intelligence Unit, ICANN's community priority evaluator, awarded Big Room Inc.'s .eco application priority, [https://www.icann.org/sites/default/files/tlds/eco/eco-cpe-1-912-59314-en.pdf scoring the application 14/16 points]. On 18 November 2014 the ICANN Board issued a [https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/determination-little-birch-minds-machines-18nov14-en.pdf final determination] upholding the result. On October 24, 2014, approximately 2 weeks after passing community priority evaluation, the status was changed to "on-hold" due to a pending accountability mechanism for applicant Big Room, Inc.
On February 20, 2015 Jacob Malthouse, a former ICANN Regional Liason (Responsible for ICANN engagements with the Caribbean and Canada) and co-founder of Big Room Inc., filed a Reconsideration Request against ICANN’s staff members, on the behalf of Big Room Inc. Malthouse stated, “Big Room Inc. (“Big Room”) respectfully requests Board reconsideration of ICANN staff inaction in connection with its failure to terminate the ongoing Cooperative Engagement Process (“CEP”) pertaining to the .ECO generic top level domain (gTLD) subject matter." In the request Malthouse further states “ICANN should not permit powerful private interests such as Complainants to manipulate ICANN’s processes and procedures to the detriment of communities like the environmental community and entities like Big Room that work on their behalf”. “In sum, Big Room is suffering considerable harm as a result of its .ECO gTLD application being placed in “on hold” status for an indeterminate amount of time, which is a direct result of ICANN staff inaction with respect to its failure to terminate the ongoing, inappropriate CEP with Complainants.” Big Room’s request for reconsideration has since been withdrawn, having no determination made by the ICANN Board of Governance Committee (BCG) on the scheduled review date of March 19, 2015 or anytime thereafter. Source: [https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/reconsideration-request-15-2-big-room-inc-20feb15-en.pdf Big Room Inc. - Withdrawn Reconsideration Filing].
Per the [https://www.icann.org/en/system/files/files/cep-irp-status-07apr15-en.pdf Cooperative Engagement and Independent Review Processes Status Update – 7 APRIL 2015], there has been no press release or submission posted on the website (https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/accountability/irp-en), under Independent Review Process Documents, indicating withdrawal from requesters Little Birch, LLC and Minds + Machines Group Limited.
.ECO has never been awarded to Big Room Inc. nor has the [http://www.doteco.org false claim, "Environmental Community Wins .ECO Domain"], appearing under (Latest News Section) on the home page of Big Room Inc. ever occurred. Furthermore, Big Room Inc. has never received any "award" from ICANN or the Economist Intelligence Unit, ICANN's community priority evaluator. Additionally, due to the "on-hold" status, any and all determinations made, such as "will not proceed", are "not final".
===TLDH & $15mm Auction Funding===
On February 26 2013, [[Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd.]] announced that it had entered into a funding agreement worth $15 million to be used in the case of auction for a specific unnamed TLD. The investor will not receive ownership of the TLD but a share of future revenues. TLDH did not name the TLD that the funds are directed for, and it is in 11 head to head contentions and 12 featuring more than one contender.<ref>[http://domainnamewire.com/2013/02/26/tldh-gets-up-to-15-million-for-a-single-top-level-domain-name-auction/ TLDh Gets 15 Million for A Single Top Level Domain Name Auction, DomainNameWire.com] Published and Retrieved 26 Feb 2013</ref>
[http://www.rfcexpress.com/lawsuits/trademark-lawsuits/california-central-district-court/91343/planet-eco-llc-v-big-room-inc-et-al/summary/ Planet.Eco LLC v. Big Room Inc. et al]</ref> <ref>[http://www.remarksblog.com/internet/as-gtld-window-closes-legal-disputes-heat/ AS GTLD WINDOW CLOSES, LEGAL DISPUTES HEAT UP: RIVAL.ECO APPLICANTS SPAR IN CALIFORNIA]</ref> <ref>
[http://domainincite.com/three-way-legal-fight-over-eco-breaks-out/ Three-way legal fight over .eco breaks out]</ref>