It was recently reported that The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) system for submitting applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) was finally set to be reopened on May 22, and COO Akram Atallah has announced the TLD application system has now closed, after over 1900 applications were submitted.
For a bit of backstory, the ICANN application platform, called TLD application system (TAS), was taken down after a glitch was reported which allowed applicants to see each other’s user names and file names. ICANN set April 12th as the last day to submit applications before taking the system offline, after its board of directors approved an increase of the number of gTLDs from the current amount of 22 last June. ICANN, who moderates the address system of the internet, also began accepting non-traditional domain name endings this year, including ‘.sport,’ ‘,food,’ and ‘.bank,’ in hopes to prompt innovation in web commerce. Though, some critics have stated that the new extensions might only confuse consumers and force established online storefronts to spend millions on securing new versions of their brand web addresses.
Akram points out that submitted applications and payments are still being processed, and final numbers and a list for applied-for domains will be published on a target date of June 13. Akram adds, “We thank all applicants and the ICANN community for their support throughout the application process.”