06|01|2010 12:13 pm EDT
As already rumored by Stephane von Gelder yesterday, ICANN has just published the fourth version of the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook amongst a number of other documents released over the weekend.
The release is supposed to give potential applicants and other stakeholders time to review the guidebook before the 38th ICANN meeting to be held in Brussels from June 20-25th. The new version of the guidelines includes changes to the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) process, the trademark clearing house and post-delegation dispute resolution, centralized zone file access (ZFA) amongst many other items. Another topic added is the Registry/Registrar separation issue which results in severe restrictions as to who may apply for a new TLD, especially affecting existing industry players. Other modifications seem to make country and continent TLDs close to impossible.