gTLD Applicants To Be Listed By ICANN At Month’s End
ICANN plans to release a full list of applications for the new generic top-level domains on April 30. The list will specify who all applied for which domains. That should be interesting.
“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,” said President and CEO Rod Beckstrom. “Setting a target date gives people the opportunity to plan for this highly anticipated event.”
ICANN began accepting applications for gTLDs in January. Registration for the TLDs closed last week. The organization said that there were only 839 registered users in the application system as of March 25. It also said this number would be updated.
Beckstrom will soon leave his position. ICANN announced in February that it had narrowed down its CEO search to 16 candidates, and that the CEO should be chosen By April. Obviously April is here, so it shouldn’t be long.
ICANN is also currently seeking public comment on the renewal of an agreement with Verisign on the operation of the com TLD.