(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – $350 million dollars – that’s how much Internet authority ICANN has taken in so far from the application process for the registration of new top level domains.
The statistic was revealed by the organization on Friday when ICANN provided an update on the application downtime which initially besieged the process around the middle of last month.
ICANN halted the process after a glitch made it possible for the unauthorized viewing of data related to applications. At the time, ICANN Chief Operating Officer Akram Atallah stated, “Out of an abundance of caution, we took the system offline to protect applicant data.”
Just how many applications have been accounted for? According to ICANN, 2091 were in the system when it was last online. Additionally, there are more that were in progress that ICANN had yet to receive payments for. Each application comes with a price tag of $185 thousand, although a program provides a discounted rate for those in developing parts of the world. ICANN is currently notifying those who submitted applications of their statuses as it relates to the system downtime.
Meanwhile, ICANN is expected to resume the application process sometime early this week. ICANN’s gTLD program lets organizations apply and use their own customized domain endings outside a list that includes the likes of .COM, .NET, .ORG and more.