ICANN’s new gTLD programme opened for applications on January 12, 2012, and more than 100 organisations have already registered to apply for new domain extensions or ‘strings’.
ICANN’s new gTLD programme opened for applications on January 12, 2012, and more than 100 organisations have already registered to apply for new domain extensions or ‘strings’. Kate Hutchinson investigates the key details.
Some organisations have planned to apply for multiple strings under the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) programme, while some are focusing on just one. Online speculation as to how many applications there will be have ranged from hundreds to thousands. With the looming possibility of so many new gTLDs entering the existing domain name space, many companies are at a loss as to how to adjust their domain portfolios to accommodate this influx.
While the full list of applications to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is not yet available, many applicant groups have announced their intention to apply. A comprehensive list can be found online at http://uniteddomains.com/newgtlds. The path to approval will be lengthy, but ICANN’s timeline shows that the earliest new gTLDs could be available in the first quarter of 2013.
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