After more than seven years of planning, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has begun accepting applications for the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs). The world of .com, .gov, .org and 19 other gTLDs will soon be expanded to include all types of words in many different languages and for the first time, generic TLDs can also include words in non-Latin languages, such as Cyrillic, Chinese or Arabic.
The application window opened on Thursday 12 January 2012 and will close on Thursday 12 April 2012.
Is it too late to apply?
No! If you can commit to starting the application process by Tuesday 31 January 2012, you will have just enough time. But only just.
“Companies interested in applying who have not yet acted are treading a fine line,” says Stéphane Van Gelder, head of domain operations at NetNames and chair of ICANN's Generic Names Supporting Organization. “It's not too late to act but the reality is that the clock is ticking and there are only a few weeks left before there will not be sufficient time to create and submit an application”.
Who can help?
There are plenty of people offering to write an application for you, but consider this - only a very few of them have the pedigree, expertise, financial resources and networks necessary not only to create a successful application but also operate your Internet Naming Infrastructure for the next 10 years.
If you are considering applying for a new gTLD extension but have not yet started compiling an application, don’t panic, simply contact NetNames to discuss the options or visit www.newgtlds.com for more information. NetNames will be happy to provide you with expert advice to help you make the right decision about new gTLDs.
Contact NetNames today for further information.