ICANN Announces Updated New gTLD Program Schedule

Following some delays in the application process, the window to apply for a new generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) finally closed on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. At the time the window closed, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the steward of the naming and numbering system of the Internet, confirmed that it had received “just over 1,900 applications” for new gTLDs. That number is subject to grow after payment for all application fees are reconciled, with a likely final count of over 2,000 applications – significantly more than the 500 to 1,000 applications ICANN had anticipated before the application process began. With the close of the application window, ICANN’s New gTLD Program is now moving with full steam ahead.

Updated New gTLD Program Timeline

On May 29, 2012, ICANN published its latest New gTLD Program timeline with revised “target dates.” Most notably, the “Big Reveal” (when ICANN intends to publish all of the applied-for gTLDs) will take place on June 13, 2012, commencing both the 60-day public comment period and the formal objection period. The three-week window for the batching process was also announced as occurring between June 8 and June 28, 2012. The complete list of target dates announced is as follows:

May 30, 2012 Application window closes
June 8, 2012 Digital Archery Batching process begins
June 13, 2012 Announcement of applied-for domain names (“Reveal Day”)

  • Application comment period begins
  • Formal objection period begins
June 24-29, 2012 ICANN’s 44th Public Meeting; Prague, Czech Republic
June 28, 2012 Digital Archery Batching process ends
July 11, 2012 Digital Archery Batching results announced
July 12, 2012 Initial evaluations begin
August 12, 2012 Application comment period ends
October 14-19, 2012 ICANN’s 45th Public Meeting; Toronto, Canada

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