23 Sep '14, 6am

ICANN: Looks Like 2nd Round Of New gTLD Won’t Open For At Least 4 Years

ICANN released tonight a 27 page report entitled the “New gTLD Program Reviews and Assessments Draft Work Plan” (Draft Work Plan) which lays out the work required prior to initiating a subsequent application period for the New gTLD Program, taking into account the assessments anticipated in development of the Program.” “As of this writing, 404 new gTLDs have been delegated. A total of 1,168 applicants have been invited to contracting. Of those applications in string contention sets, 49% remain subject to contention resolution procedures, forecast to be completed by the third quarter of 2016.” “ICANN anticipates contracting to be completed by the end of 2016, and pre-delegation testing by early 2017, before completing all the new delegations by mid-2017.” “The gTLD Applicant Guidebook also provided that ICANN’s goal is to launch subsequent gTLD application rounds as quickly...

Full article: http://www.thedomains.com/2014/09/23/icann-looks-like-2nd...

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