ZDNet published an article with commentary from Dr. Paul Vixie, who offers a pretty scathing assessment of the new gTLD program. According to Paul Vixie’s Wikipedia page, Dr. Vixie is described as “an American Internet pioneer.” ZDNet described Dr. Vixie as “a pioneer of the internet’s domain name system (DNS).” Currently, Dr. Vixie is CEO of a company called Farsight Security.
Below is an excerpt from the article with comments from Mr. Vixie. I think it’s worth reading the article in its entirety when you have an opportunity.
“I think it is a money grab. My own view is that ICANN functions as a regulator, and that as a regulator it has been captured by the industry that they are regulating. I think that there was no end-user demand whatsoever for more so-called DNS extensions, [or] global generic top-level domains (gTLDs),” he said.
Vixie sees the demand for the new domains as having come from “the people who have the budget to send a lot of people to every ICANN meeting, and participate in every debate”, that is, the domain name registrars who simply want more names to sell, so they can make more money. But these new domains don’t seem to be working.
“They’re gradually rolling out, and they are all commercial failures,” Vixie said.
I personally don’t think they are all failures, but I also don’t think sales are as good as what some people may have expected before the new gTLD program launched. I would be very surprised if some existing registries could not be sold profitably, and that would seem to indicate that they are not all failures as the comments published in the article seems to indicate. Again, this is just an assumption on my part rather than fact.
It’s always interesting to read differing perspectives about things that involve domain names.