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ANA Requests Extension of ICANN Comment Period on Name Collision Mitigation Proposals

August 9, 2013

Today, we sent a letter to ICANN President & CEO Fadi Chehadé asking for an extension of the public comment period for proposals to mitigate name collision risks. In our letter, we argue that the current due date for comments, August 27th, is wholly insufficient given the amount of time needed by stakeholders to run a full technical analysis of possible risks, as well as the fact that many companies are currently short-staffed due to summer vacations. We call for the comment period to be extended to November 1, 2013 and for the reply comments to be due on November 22, 2013.

Companies who are in agreement with these views should strongly consider sending requests for an extension of the comment period as well.

On a related note, Verisign has responded to the letter it received from NTIA on August 2, 2013. This exchange of letters provides interesting background on the security issues which prompted ICANN’s recent release of a third-party report on name collision risks in new Top Level Domains earlier this week.

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