ICANN has begun holding quarterly stakeholder calls, formatted a lot like a listed company’s quarterly investors call. “The goal of these is to provide a predictable and regular window into ICANN activities,” summarised ICANN CEO Fadi Chehadé as he opened the first stakeholder call, held today, November 20, 2014.
Chehadé was followed at the microphone by David Olive (VP Policy Development Support), Akram Atallah (President, Global Domains Division) and Xavier Calvez, ICANN’s CFO.
During the new gTLD program update he provided as part of the call, Akram Atallah confirmed that despite original plans to see work on round 1 applications completed by 2015, processing of this first batch of new gTLDs would now extend to 2017.
“This is due to a number of external factors which are outside ICANN’s control,” Atallah explained. “For example, the time applicants are taking to sign their contracts and move forward to delegation. Applicants are able to ask for extensions under certain circumstances and when they do, the program stretches out. There are also a number of contention set resolution issues taking longer than initially planned.”