August 21, 2017 According to a recent letter sent by Steve Crocker, President of the Board of ICANN, to the Registries Stakeholder Group (RySG), no schedule has yet been set for the launch of the 2nd wave of new extensions (new gTLDs).
The RySG had officially asked the ICANN Board to set a time schedule for the fourth quarter of 2018. However, Steve Croker responded that it is up to the “Community” to set the second launch schedule and not the ICANN Board.
Steve Croker also said that two ongoing procedures must be terminated before launching the 2nd wave. The first concerns the study on “Consumer choice and competition review”, which should soon be published. The second is the new process for developing policies (Subsequent Procedures Policy Developement Process – PDP) of the Generic Name Support Organisation (GNSO). Negotiations concerning the PDP have been ongoing for the past 18 months and nothing substantial has been achieved. The Board of ICANN will not be able to start to work on this 2nd wave of new gTLDs until these two procedures have been terminated and published. This will most likely not be before 2020.