Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New gTLDs Applications Open Tomorrow

It's finally here, after years of policy deliberations and push and shove, the new gTLDs applications begin tomorrow setting in motion a process that coild see over 500 colorful Top Level Domains like .africa .green .bank .eco .berlin .wine added to the Domain Name system. The internet will no longer br just about a .COM and .ccTLD.

Tomorrow, at about 00.01 UTC, the TLD Application System(TAS) will begin accepting applications from new gTLD applicants for the various new gTLDs which will fall under any of these categories: .region .brand .industry .generic  . Applicants will pay $5000 to access the full application form.

The entire cost of application for new gTLDs will be $185,000.

Needy applicants, particularly from the developing countries will receive a $138,000 waiver and will pay $47,000 to apply for a new gTLD. Registration into the application system is open until 29th March, 2012 while the application process closes on 12th Aprill,2012.

From Africa, .africa will be the highest profile new gTLD application. There are expectations that other new gTLD initiatives for community TLDs might emerge following ICANN's introduction of Applicant Support Program, although this is highly unlikely.

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