ICANN goes head to head with registrar group over proposed new RAA

ICANN's negotiations with the Registrar Stakeholder Group Negotiating Team (Registrar NT) over amendments to its Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) appear to have turned into something of a battle of wills. The two bodies have been in negotiations over the new RAA since October 2011, but the issue has recently gained momentum in view of the fact that ICANN is seeking to oblige all registrars that want to sell new gTLDs to sign up to the 2013 RAA, even if their previous RAAs are still in force. With first registry agreements for new gTLD applicants looking likely to be signed as early as the end of the second quarter of 2013, this presents an almost impossibly tight timeline that could even threaten to delay the launch of the new gTLDs. 

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