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Comments filed with the Government Advisory Committee on “The Protection of Geographic Names in the new gTLDs Process”

Comments filed with the Government Advisory Committee on “The Protection of Geographic Names in the new gTLDs Process”

A proposal to require applicants to secure approval for new geographic area gTLDs would insert governments into the operation of ICANN in an unprecedented way. Granting governments a veto power over a potentially large class of new gTLDs would politicize the domain name system and is inconsistent with the market-oriented approach that allocates TLDs to their most highly valued uses.

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