TechWeb: Domain Name Competition Expected In April

“Competitors for domain name registration may be chosen by
lottery beginning in April, said Esther Dyson, interim chairwoman
of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

“ICANN will publish… proposals… on its site Feb. 8 for
public comment.”

“Through e-mail, global Internet organizations will jockey their
support behind a specific proposal, which will be finalized by a
March 3 meeting of the ICANN board. The board will vote on a
proposal March 4…”

“April is the anticipated deadline for the first wave of
competition among businesses wanting to be registrars, ones who
sell domain name addresses…”