ICANN Publish New TLD Timeline

Last night ICANN published a timeline for the new TLD process moving forward.

They also revealed that there were currently 500 new TLD applications that had not been completed. Whether they will be completed by 2359 UTC tonight remains to be seen, but I doubt if they’ll all get done in less than 24 hours.

So here’s the new timeline..

  • 30 May 2012     Application window closes
  • 8 June 2012     Batching process begins
  • 13 June 2012     Announcement of applied-for domain names (“Reveal Day”). Application comment period begins. Formal objection period begins
  • 24-29 June 2012     ICANN’s 44th Public Meeting; Prague, Czech Republic
  • 28 June 2012     Batching process ends
  • 11 July 2012     Batching results announced
  • 12 July 2012     Initial evaluations begin
  • 12 August 2012     Application comment period ends
  • 14-19 October 2012     ICANN’s 45th Public Meeting; Toronto, Canada

You can read the full announcement here. There’s some coverage here and here.

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