New gTLDs to Appear as Early as 2012


At its June 20, 2011 meeting in Singapore, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted nearly unanimously to approve the long awaited Applicant Guidebook. That decision starts the clock on the application process for the new generic top level domains ("gTLDs"). A gTLD is the string of letters such as “.com”, “.edu”, or “.net” after the right-most period in a domain name. The upcoming release of new gTLD's could flood the Internet with a myriad of new strings consisting of brand names (.ford, .verizon, .nike) as well as generic terms (.cars, .mobile, .shoes). The first round of registry applications will be accepted between January 12, 2012 and April 12, 2012.

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