ICANN’s Recent developments
ICANN began evaluating all 1924 applications after July 12th and has delegated the major tasks to specialized firms in each field.
“Financial and technical evaluations will be handled by Ernst & Young, KPMG or JAS Advisors.
Geographic names evaluations by The Economist Intelligence Unit or Interconnect Communications;
String similarity evaluations by Interconnect Communications or Interisle;
DNS stability evaluations by Interisle;
And community priority evaluations by The Economist Intelligence Unit or Interconnect Communications.”
ICANN has put in place a strenuous training program that evaluated each firms ability to discern each application to ICANN standards. The companies were tested and agreed they have the ability to do so. It is estimated that about 90% of the applications will be sent back to the applicant and asked for a CQ’s also known as clarifying questions. These are important because they will help evaluate whether that firm is ready for that gTLD. To evaluate the effectiveness of the CQ’s ICANN has created a pilot program that will ask 50 applicants at random CQ’s. To read further click here.