ICANN: TLD Applications Going “Without a Hitch”

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – “Without a Hitch” was how ICANN recently described its customized gTLD application process just launched one week ago.

TLDs refer to domain endings such as .com, .net, .org, etc. and receiving approval from ICANN allows entities to use others outside the current options.

“I can state firmly that one week into the process, the application system for the new domain names is functioning just as it should,” stated ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom concerning the matter.

Beckstrom continued, “This is a reflection of the careful planning, hard work and long hours our staff spent preparing for last week’s launch.”

Applicants must use ICANN’s TAS (TLD Application System) to apply for the domain endings. Consideration for new gTLDs comes with a $185 price tag and the process will conclude in April. However, there is a way to pay less through an ICANN initiative especially designed for those in developing countries.

Currently, ICANN says there are “25 successful registrants” using TAS. Meanwhile, ICANN Director of the New gTLD program Michael Salazar said six years went towards planning the initiative.

The New Year brings change for the top Internet authority. Current ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom is expected to step down in July following the completion of his current term.