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New gTLD Program Update

ICANN continues to work on the details of the launch of the new gTLD Program. The public comment period on the second version of the applicant guidebook recently closed and the organization’s attention continues to focus on the discussion and resolution of the four, previously identified, overarching issues:

  • Trademark Protection
  • Demand and Economic Analysis
  • Impact on Security and Stability of Root Zone Scaling
  • Malicious Conduct

In order to continue progress and promote discussion within the community, ICANN will:

  • Publish an analysis of comments  on the second guidebook similar to those published after the first version of the Guidebook,
  • Conduct consultations at the Sydney ICANN meeting in late June and afterwards
  • Publish the third version of the Guidebook after the Sydney meeting when solutions to the overarching issues can be included.

With these steps in mind, it is anticipated that applications for new top-level domains will be accepted starting in the first quarter of 2010; the approval process and launch will take several additional months.

For the entire ICANN announcement, please visit