“…..Karen J. Bernstein, Bernstein IP – I predict that in 2012 there will be substantial problems with the majority of Generic, Geographic and IDN gTLD applicants being approved by virtue of the complexities of the applicant proving it has the financial capacity in answering the ICANN gTLD Guidebook Questions 45-50. It is by far the most difficult part of the application process.
The ICANN gTLD Guidebook Questions require extremely detailed predictions and ICANN provides no benchmarks for what is an acceptable financial model going out three years in advance, which is akin to working in the dark. I believe that based on the laborious financial review process the timeline for ICANN to publish approvals of applications will be delayed by virtue of the financial complexities ICANN has created for companies seeking to become a gTLD registry. Brand gTLDs will most likely have little difficulty since their registry is “closed” to the public….”
Silver, Elliott. “Domain Industry: Predictions for 2012.” Ellots Blog: Domain Name Investing News & Tips. Elliot Silver, 1 Jan. 2012. <http://www.elliotsblog.com/domain-industry-predictions-for-2012-2833>.