'Glacial' is a perfect term to describe ICANN. I wonder how much longer their inactivity will continue before Congress steps in to change things - ICANN's continued daintiness is not good for encouraging and spurring Internet commerce and enterpreneurship, let alone the average Joe that wants a domain name.
To Mike and the other lawyers out there......does ICANN fit the definition of a 'cartel'? They may be on their way to join the ranks of OPEC, RIAA, and MPAA......the way some of these new TLDs have been rolled out reeks of collusion and monopoly tactics. (IMO, IANAL)
To avoid this, ICANN must develop plans for an alternate route, speed up the new TLD process, and/or offer more TLDs without the broohaa and anticonsumer provisions, otherwise shape their image and operations up......
but I won't hold my breath.