ICANN Announces Extension of the Public Comment for the CCT Final Report

The deadline to submit comments on the Final Report [PDF, 4.89 MB] of the Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice (CCT) Review Team has been extended until Tuesday, 11 December 23:59 UTC.

This Public Comment proceeding is aimed at gathering community input on the CCT Review Team’s Final Report and Recommendations.

The CCT Review Team was formed in January 2016 to assess the New Generic Top-Level Domain (New gTLD) Program in three areas: competition, consumer trust, and consumer choice. The review also assesses safeguards put in place to mitigate issues arising from both the introduction of new gTLDs, and the New gTLD Program’s application and evaluation process. The review, required by Section 4.6 of the ICANN Bylaws, examines to what degree the process of implementing the New gTLD Program was successful in producing desired results and achieving the stated objectives. The CCT Review Team analyzed both quantitative and qualitative data to produce recommendations for the ICANN Board to consider and adopt.

On 8 September 2018, the CCT Review Team submitted its Final Report and Recommendations to the ICANN Board of Directors. The Report was then issued for Public Comment to inform ICANN Board action on the CCT Review Team’s final recommendations.

Per the Bylaws, the ICANN Board shall consider the report and public comments to determine whether to approve the recommendations within six months of receipt of the Final Report [PDF, 4.89 MB] and Recommendations [PDF, 562 KB]. The Board will then direct implementation of the recommendations that are approved and provide written rationale for the decision if any recommendations are not approved.

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ICANN‘s mission is to help ensure a stable, secure, and unified global Internet. To reach another person on the Internet, you need to type an address – a name or a number – into your computer or other device. That address must be unique, so computers know where to find each other. ICANN helps coordinate and support these unique identifiers across the world. ICANN was formed in 1998 as a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with a community of participants from all over the world.

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