The ILMC website reports that Dot Tickets Organisation has become the first independent firm to pass internet watchdog ICANN’s evaluation criteria, taking it a step closer to revolutionising online ticket sales and protecting purchasers.
The UK-based company last year became one of thousands of applicants in the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) process to create hundreds of new internet addresses alongside .com. Dot Tickets is aiming to secure the “.tickets” top level domain (TLD), which it hopes it can use to eradicate online ticket fraud for the live music industry and beyond. The Dot Tickets Organisation proposes that new “.tickets” domain names should only be available to vetted ticket websites which meet industry agreed standards of consumer protection to give peace of mind when purchasing tickets.
Following the initial application period, each of the companies seeking to operate a new TLD has been reviewed extensively, including the five companies that applied to operate the registry for the “.tickets” TLD. Their business models, technical capability and corporate structures have been subject to extreme scrutiny by the teams of consultants from KPMG, Deloitte and Ernst & Young, appointed by ICANN to ensure that the companies participating are capable of operating to the highest standards in order to service the security and stability that ICANN requires.