Following Glitch Downtime, ICANN Reopens TLD System

(Ping! Zine) – Things are finally back on track in regards to ICANN’s gTLD application process. After considerable downtime, the Internet organization announced on Monday that the system was back up.

ICANN had pulled the plug on the process last month after finding a glitch that exposed application data to unauthorized access.

“The TLD Application System, or TAS, has reopened. All registered applicants can now log in, review and submit their applications,” commented ICANN COO Akram Atallah in a press release regarding the matter.

Applying for a new gTLD with the organization lets participants create a customized domain ending outside the usual list of TLDs such as .com, .net, .org, etc. Submitting an application costs $185 thousand although a significantly smaller rate is available for those who can’t afford such a staggering cost. Meanwhile, the reopened application process is set to conclude the thirtieth of this month.

The downtime of the online application system has considerably affected ICANN’s plans regarding the new TLDs. The process was initially expected to conclude last month.