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More Than 2,000 New Domain Applications Submitted Thus Far
Organizations signed up for more than 2,000 generic top-level domains (gTLDs) before the process was temporarily shut down thanks to a glitch.
Applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) are still on hold thanks to a recent glitch, but the Internet’s governing body revealed recently that organizations signed up for more than 2,000 gTLDs before the process was temporarily shut down.
That shutdown occured after a glitch allowed some applicants to view other applicants’s file and user names. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) is in the process of notifying organizations if their applications were ever visible to other applicants. The process is expected to be completed by Tuesday, and the application system will re-open once notification is complete and remain open for five days.
At issue is ICANN’s plan to open up new gTLDs. At this point, there are 22 gTLDs, including .com, .org, and .net. In June, however, ICANN approved a plan that would allow people to apply for new gTLDs, like .pcmag, for example.
ICANN started accepting gTLD applications via its TLD Application System (TAS) on Jan. 12 and was scheduled to close up shop on April 12, but a glitch with the handling of attachments prompted ICANN to shut down its domain name application system.
ICANN said recently that the bug was not the result of a hack.
About 105 applicants possibly had their gTLD selections revealed to as many as 50 other groups, ICANN said. “Only file and user names were revealed, not application data,” according to ICANN.
Overall, 1,268 organizations have applied for 2,091 gTLDs thus far, ICANN said today. It has not decided when a list of those requested gTLDs will be revealed.
Signing up for a new gTLD is not as easy as claiming a new website. Applicants must pay a $185,000 evaluation fee, with $5,000 upfront. They might also be required to pay even more “in certain cases where specialized process steps are applicable,” in addition to business startup costs, ICANN said.
ICANN said Tuesday that it has collected $350 million in gTLD application fees thus far. There are about 214 applications for which payments have not yet been received.
By Chloe Albanesius, PCMag