Many oppose the new gTLD rollout as well, but one of the more prominent voices against it is Verisign. Verisign is widely known for its certificate services, but its core business is running the .com and .net gTLD servers (and a few others). Verisign is concerned about the name collision issues as well as implementation problems. The company believes these new gTLD’s may cause a bigger problem than the experts think, potentially affecting many companies and individuals on the Internet. That’s why they are recommending more investigation and testing before allowing the changes to go live. ICANN has set a limitation of up to 1000 new gTLD’s per year and they believe that should be a slow enough rate as to not overburden anyone during the provisioning processes for each new gTLD.
The first gTLDs are expected to hit the Internet around November this year as part of the phased rollout. For the most part, it will be sort of a cosmetic change in DNS and we don’t expect problems. Experience teaches, however, that technology doesn’t always conform to what we expect.