Application Acceptance Objections String confusion Legal rights Limited public interest Community Clarifications / rejections Auctions There can be multiple valid applications These applications can have different business models
Usage“Charleston Road Registry intends to apply for an exemption to the ICANN Registry Operator Code of Conduct and to act as the sole registrar for the proposed gTLD.” - Applications for .CLOUD, .DRIVE, .BLOG and more
Usage“CLOUD registry will not be promoted by hundreds of registrars simultaneously, so there will not be multiple-applications for a particularfordomain.” .FREE, .GROUP and more - Applications .BOX, .CLOUD, .BOOK,
Recommended Approach Evaluate strings Consider most generics Look at geographics, community apps that make sense IDNs likely a tough sell to start Prepare for sunrise and landrush Most extensions will have both Trademark Clearinghouse means more streamlined process Expect Clearinghouse details later this year!
Approximate Timelines Evaluation period: est. Q3 2012 To begin in July (?) and last ~ 15 months (?) Clearinghouse launch: est. Q4 2012 “Best case” TLD launches: est. Q4 2013 Contention/extended evaluation can run into 2014
More Information OpenSRS Blog Opensrs.com/blog ICANN Newgtlds.icann.org Full gTLD List Newgtldsite.com