ICANN is today opening a public comment period on a proposed amendment from VeriSign Information Services, Inc. to Appendices 6 and 11 of the .NAME Registry Agreement.
On 25 August 2010, ICANN posted for public information a request submitted by VeriSign through the Registry Services Evaluation Process to offer numeric-only and numbers & hyphens domain names under .NAME. The VeriSign proposal is available at http://www.icann.org/en/registries/rsep/#2010010.
As provided for by existing consensus policy, ICANN has undertaken a preliminary determination on whether the proposal might raise significant competition, security or stability issues. ICANN's determination [PDF, 80 KB] is that the proposal does not raise such issues in .NAME.
Implementation of the proposal would require an amendment to Appendices 6 and 11 of the .NAME Registry Agreement. A copy of the proposed amendment is available here: http://www.icann.org/en/tlds/agreements/name/proposed-name-amendment-15sep10-en.pdf [PDF, 55 KB].
Comments on the proposed amendment submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org will be considered until 16 Oct 2010 23:59 UTC. Comments may be viewed at http://forum.icann.org/lists/name-numbers-and-hyphens-domains/.