Latest update on the new gTLD program

ICANN held its monthly update call on the new gTLD program last night for applicants and interested parties. NetNames was of course in attendance and below you will find a distilled version of the key points raised.

Application statistics

So far, ICANN has processed and completed 6 application withdrawals (and, are, est, chatr, cialis and ksb). There are a further 7 application withdrawals in process at present. There have also been a total of 169 change requests submitted, of which 29 have been approved with the rest in review or requiring more information.  Unsurprisingly, no formal objections have been filed yet, and we expect to see those submitted close to the end of the formal objection period which ends in March 2013.


ICANN has confirmed that the evaluation process is still on schedule with the Geographic Names, String Similarity and DNS stability reviews all complete.

ICANN have confirmed that the evaluation process is still on schedule

* Apps = Applications

Clarifying questions (CQ’s)

The CQ program was expected to start this week but has now been postponed until January 2013 with the exception of Geographic Names CQs . The TAS system will reopen on 26 November with Geographic Names CQ’s being issued on that date. All other CQ’s will be issued through the TAS in January with applicants having 4 weeks to answer them. This delay is due in part to the holiday period and concerns applicants had about being able to effectively answer the questions on time.

Timings remain the same as set out in Toronto with evaluation results being released on the draw priority order starting on 23 March 2013. All initial evaluations should be completed by August 2013, and delegation at a rate of 20 gTLDs per week is still on target.

Priority draw

ICANN will notify all applicants on the details of the prioritization draw on Friday, 16 November 2012 along with clarification on the proxy service. The ticket sale will take place between Wednesday, 12 December 2012 and Monday, 17 December 2012 at the Hilton LAX in Los Angeles with the draw happening immediately after the close date on  Monday, 17 December 2012 at the same venue.

A full copy of the presentation can be found here.

Please contact NetNames if you require more information.

Written by Ben Anderson, Head of New gTLD Products at NetNames

15 November 2012