New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP Working Group delivered its Final Report. Finally.

By Donna Austin – Head of Registry Policy, GoDaddy Registry


Well, we did it. Almost five years from the day the GNSO Council adopted a resolution to commence a Policy Development Process (PDP) on introducing the next round for new gTLDs, the New gTLD Subsequent Procedures PDP Working Group (WG) delivered its Final Report to the GNSO Council for consideration. We lost some members along the way and picked up some new ones, but thankfully managed to keep the leadership team intact for the majority of the 213 meetings of the Sub Pro WG. 

It’s hard to recall those early meetings from five years ago—the work was organized into five tracks of dedicated teams, including one to consider the treatment of geographic names—and then each issue came back to the full working group. We undertook a number of public comment periods that ensured broader community participation in the effort.

In large part, ‘Sub Pro’ was about coming up with solutions to problems that were experienced during the 2012 New gTLD Program. If you take the time to read the report you’ll see that many of the recommendations are accompanied by implementation guidance that is intended to enhance and hopefully expedite ICANN org’s implementation of the recommendations from the Final Report.

We have been told by the ICANN Board that they have been receiving regular updates on the progress of the work of Sub Pro and undertaking ‘deeper dives’ on many of the discrete elements of the report as evidenced by input provided by the ICANN Board during public comment periods.

So, what will be different? Not a lot really. 

On a personal level, I wish it hadn’t taken five years to get through this policy process, but I cannot fault the dedication and tenacity of those who participated over the period. However, now that the Final Report has been considered by the GNSO Council and makes its way to the ICANN Board: I would encourage the Board and ICANN org to prioritize the implementation so that we might see the opening of the next application window as soon as possible in order to continue the expansion of the gTLD name space creating opportunity for innovation along with more options for registrants at a time when an online presence is important to business continuity and success.

The final report covers a lot more detail so should you have any further questions with regard to how this could impact any future application, please contact us at