.green

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Status: Proposed
Registry: Afilias
Registry Backend: Afilias
Type: Generic
Category: Industry
Priority #: 159 - The DotGreen Community, Inc.
640 - Top Level Domain Holdings
791 - Afilias
893 - Demand Media (United TLD Holdco Ltd.)
nTLDStats
Registrations: 6,128
Parked Domains: 3,812
Parked Domain %: 62.21 %
Important Dates
Delegation: 19 June 2014
General Availability: 24 March 2015

More Information: NTLDStatsLogo.png

.green is one of the proposed new TLDs in ICANN's New gTLD Program.

Current Applicants

  1. Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd., one of 68 applications the company filed on their own behalf. This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.
  2. Demand Media (United TLD Holdco Ltd.). This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.
  3. Afilias

Former Applicants

  1. The DotGreen Community, Inc., the organization is led by Annalisa Roger, co-founder and co-Chair of the San Francisco Regional Chapter of ISOC. Neustar will provide the technical back-end registry solutions.[1] It is associated with the Dot Green Foundation. This applicant submitted a Public Interest Commitment, which can be downloaded here.

GAC Early Warning

The Representative of the Czech Republic issued a GAC Early Warning to all applicants but The DotGreen Community, Inc.. 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.[2]

The Cezh warning is of the belief that none of the other 3 applicants are prepared to act in the global public interest with the .green TLD, and can not aid and be a part of the green, sustainable movement as the The DotGreen Community, Inc.. The warning regards the latter's application as highly respected and widely supported, and the others as seemingly disinterest attempts by portfolio applicants. "These 3 applicants are applying for .green as a TLD string amongst many others they are are applying for. They are probably less prepared than Dot Green Community, Inc. to play an active participatory role in the Green movement of community in either a local or global manner. They are not recognized by leaders in the Green Movement, as evidence that there were no positive comments of supports issued for their applications.[3]

European Commission Communiqué

The European Commission flagged all applicants for .green outside of ICANN's defined remediation processes.

Just after ICANN's GAC issued its Early Warnings, which are advice given from one GAC member country to an applicant warning it of potential issues within its application, the European Commission issued a letter to all applicants within the new gTLD program. The letter highlights 58 applications that "could raise issues of compatibility with the existing legislation .. and/or with policy positions and objectives of the European Union." It notes a desire to open a dialogue with each offending applicant.

The Commission specifically notes that this objection is not a part of the GAC Early Warning process, and goes on to note that "the Commission does not consider itself legally bound to [ICANN] processes," given that there is not legal agreement between the two bodies.[4][5]

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.[6]

Applicant Details

The Dotgreen Community, Inc.

In an interview, Ms. Roger confirmed that .green has many supporters from the environmental community and the internet industry. She explained that .green means many things, and is about encouraging sustainable, humanitarian, and ecological progress; and represents a worldwide movement that is better served by the proposed TLD. She also welcomed the competition and choice created through other proposed environmental TLDs, like .eco.[7]

References