The US-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has announced that it will on April 30 announce the names of people, institutions and corporates that had applied for specific new generic top-level domains (gTLD) under the new gTLD programnme.
In a media release published on the ICANN website, the outgoing chief executive Rod Beckstrom stated:
“Our plan always has been to publish the list of applied-for strings approximately two weeks after the close of the April 12th application window. Setting a target date gives people the opportunity to plan for this highly anticipated event.”
Beckstrom also noted that if ICANN receives an overwhelming number of applications to process, publication of the list of strings could be postponed.
Any established public or private organization that met the eligibility requirements anywhere in the world was eligible to apply to create and operate a new gTLD Registry. Applicants need to demonstrate the operational, technical and financial capability to run a registry and comply with additional specific requirements, as specified in the Applicant Guidebook.
Applying for a new gTLD is not the same as buying a domain name, as an applicant for a new gTLD is, in fact, applying to create and operate a registry business supporting the internet’s domain name system which involves a number of responsibilities, as the operator of a new gTLD is running a piece of internet infrastructure.
The application window for new gTLDs opened on January 12 and closed on April 12 2012 and applicants were required to pay an evaluation fee of $ 185,000, and another $ 5,000 as deposit fee for each requested application slot when registering.