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ICANN Publishes gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta) for Community Feedback

Today, ICANN published the gTLD Marketplace Health Index (Beta) [PDF, 2.37 MB] for community feedback. ICANN invites the community to review this report and submit comments on it no later than 6 September.

Comment on the Health Index.

The gTLD Marketplace Health Index presents statistics and trends related to generic top-level domains. ICANN intends to publish these statistics biannually to track progress against its goal of supporting the evolution of the domain name marketplace to be robust, stable, and trusted.

Following the close of the public comment period, ICANN will work with a group of community volunteers to further refine the Index. If you would like to volunteer for this community Advisory Panel, visit https://mm.icann.org/mailman/listinfo/gtldmarketplace to subscribe to the Advisory Panel email list.

For more information about tracking gTLD marketplace health, read the blog.


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