On April 15, 2011, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) released the latest draft of the New gTLD Applicant Guidebook (the “Guidebook”), moving the Internet one step closer to the availability of new generic top-level domains. These new “gTLDs” would support one of ICANN’s stated primary objectives—the promotion of competition in the domain-name space. Pending a final comment period to the latest draft, which is set to expire on May 15, 2011, ICANN proposes to post a final version of the Guidebook on May 30, 2011, in time for the implementation of the new gTLD program to be considered at an ICANN meeting scheduled to take place in Singapore on June 20, 2011. If ICANN approves the Guidebook in June, the process for accepting applicants for the administration of gTLDS could begin soon after, with successful applicants in turn overseeing the registration of gTLDs to end users.
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For further information about ICANN’s new gTLD program, and the Guidebook, please contact Jon Gworek.