New gTLD Hearing: Capitol Hill Calls on ICANN

On Thursday, December 8, the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation will host a full committee hearing on “ICANN’s Expansion of Top-Level Domains.”

According to the Committee’s website, the hearing will “examine the merits and implications of this new program and ICANN’s continuing efforts to address concerns raised by the Internet community.” In fulfilling its role as an advocate for brand owners in both U.S. and international legislation, CADNA has been working with Commerce Committee leaders to prepare for the hearing. CADNA has provided the Committee with background information on the New gTLD Program, and has discussed various issues that may be raised during the hearing.

We understand that the Commerce Committee has selected witnesses from across a broad spectrum of interests to provide testimony at the hearing, including representatives from ICANN, the non-profit sector and the private sector. Members of the FairWinds team will be attending the hearing, and we will post a recap here on the blog later this week.

For those that will be in or around our nation’s capitol on Thursday, the hearing will take place at 10:00 am at the Russell Senate Office Building room 253. Others can stream the hearing via a live webcast from the Commerce Committee’s website.


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