The ICANN Board can approve the Guidebook or direct that changes be made.
Notable changes from the previous version include:
- Elimination of most restrictions on Registry / Registrar cross-ownership
- Additional information on application batching, delegation rates, dependencies for root scaling
- Refinement of background screening criteria
- Updated string requirements which addresses the use of numbers in TLDs
- Addition of UNESCO list as reference for continent/region names
- Incorporation of Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) into Legal Rights Objection
- Elimination of the complete defense to Community Objections in favor of elevated standard for successful objection
- Several recommendations for dealing with the morality and public order objection
- Explanation of ICANN Board’s role in the new gTLD process
It is also expected that the The Economic Analysis of program costs and benefits will be finalized and posted shortly.