About New gTLD
A Top Level Domain is the string of characters to the right of the last dot in a domain name or web address. Right now there are only 22 gTLDs in use including .com, .net and .org. At the beginning of 2012, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers began accepting applications for new gTLDs, setting afoot what is likely to be the biggest expansion of the domain namespace that the Internet has ever seen.
ICANN received close to 2,000 applications for new gTLDs including Geo TLDs (.tokyo, .yokohama) , Brand TLDs (Canon, Hitachi) and Community TLDs (.shop, .eco). The first new gTLDs are expected to come online in late 2013.
New gTLD Program Overview
- New gTLD Program Overview
- The new gTLD program was developed to foster diversity and competition in the Internet namespace. During application windows, ICANN will accept appliations to operate ASCII and IDN domains from any established corporation or organization in good standing.
- New gTLD Timeline
- The first application window was open for a period of four months in early 2012. The TLDs applied for in the 2012 round are likely to begin coming online sometime in 2013.
Although ICANN has committed to further application rounds, it is not yet known when the second application window will open.
- Eligible Strings and Evaluation Criteria
Applications are accepted for strings of three or more characters in ASCII and IDN scripts. Strings must be not likely to cause security or instability problems in the DNS, and must not be similar to existing TLDs or reserved names. Strings that represent geographic place names require support or non-objection from the concerned government or public authority.
Applicants for new gTLDs must demonstrate financial, technical and operational capability.
- new gTLD Registry Operating Costs
- A fixed fee of 6,250USD per calendar quarter (25,000 USD per year)
- A transaction fee of 0.25 USD on all domain registrations and renewals once 50,000 domains are registered.
new gTLDs Applied for in the First Round
In the 2012 new gTLD application round, ICANN received 1,930 applications, including 109 applications for IDN srtings, 66 applications for geographic names, and 67 community applications. To see a complete list of applied for strings and the current status of each application, please visit the ICANN new gTLD microsite at: https://gtldresult.icann.org/application-result/applicationstatus