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How many new gTLDs will drop out? - by Stephane Van Gelder #newgTLDs #ICANN

On June 13, 2012, ICANN revealed it had received 1930 new gTLD requests. Since then, that number has been going down. ICANN has logged 13 withdrawal requests, 6 of which have already been approved: AND, ARE, EST, CHATR, KSB and CIALIS. The remaining 7 are still being processed. So it’s only 1,917 applications now. And the potential for further attrition is there: some applications are bound to be pushed aside during the evaluation process. Also, governments will be making their determinations on which TLDs they feel should not be approved. Anyone, including ICANN’s own independent objector, may also raise alarms at some proposals. Even applicants themselves may opt out as they either run out of the money, patience or strength needed to see the process through. So how many TLDs can we really expect to see when the program crosses its own finish line some time next year? Get...

Full article: http://www.netnames.com/blog/2012/11/how-many-new-gtlds-w...

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