New TLD application window slated to begin in January 2012.
ICANN’s Board of Directors is about to vote on approving the new top level domain name program.
One thing that’s clear is that, even if the program is approved, there’s still a lot of work to be done. The resolution being considered includes more discussions on registry-registrar separation, assistance to applicants that don’t have enough money, etc.
If it approves the resolution, the timeline will be as follows:
Today – communication period begins (marketing)
January 12, 2012 – officially opens, applications accepted
April 12, 2012 – application window closes
November 2012 – initial evaluations published
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