ICANN last week approved a request from the .Jobs registry for a phased allocation program for non-company names. This includes industry, occupational, geographic and generic .Jobs domain names.
The first phase of this process will be a series of RFPs that are intended to be processed in distinct rounds. The purpose of this process is to provide third parties the opportunity to engage the .Jobs registry, Employ Media, regarding potential opportunities in the allocation of these names.
As a first step, companies are invited to submit a non-binding Expression of Interest (EOI) with the .Jobs registry. These EOI’s are intended to be high level business concepts on how these domain names could be developed either individually or in bulk in ways to serve needs of the international human resource management community as defined in the .JOBS Charter.
The Expression of Interest (EOI) period is already underway and is intended to run through Tuesday, August 24, 2010, with an intended start date of the Request for Proposal (RFP) period beginning soon thereafter. It is not a requirement to submit an EOI to participate in the RFP.
More information is available at http://www.rfp.jobs.
More on the EnCirca’s .Job page at http://www.encirca.com/html/jobs-registration.shtml.