ICANN's latest update has set a date of May 22 for the re-opening of the application system. What that means in terms of the "big reveal" is unclear at this juncture, though some skeptics are positing that it won't happen until the public meeting in Prague. I wonder if we can persuade Paddy Power to let us place bets on the reveal date :) Related articles ICANN … [Read more...] about New TLD Application System To Come Back Online At End of Month?
ICANN has been consistently referring to the issues with the new TLD application system as a "glitch". That's a serious misnomer. As a native English speaker I'd consider a "glitch" to be something small and inconsequential. When the software and systems that you are using to process millions of dollars of domain applications is forced offline for several weeks the … [Read more...] about A “Glitch” Does Not Last This Long
SIDN, the organisation that runs .nl, has been awarded the contract to provide registry backend services for .amsterdam. The company that will be running the .amsterdam registry has already launched a public site where they're accepting pre-registrations. While I'd normally question anyone offering pre-registrations at this stage a .city TLD is a lot less likely to run into … [Read more...] about SIDN Get .Amsterdam Contract
ICANN's latest update on the new TLD application system downtime contains a few interesting titbits of information that have all the domain bloggers speculating about how many new TLDs there will be. According to the latest update ICANN has: 2091 pending new TLD applications 214 additional applications that haven't been paid for yet Pulled in $350 million in … [Read more...] about ICANN Reveals A Lot About New TLD Applications
Nominet turned on multi-year registrations and renewals today, so now UK domain names can be registered or renewed for periods from 1 to 10 years. With this move Nominet brings itself into line with gTLDs and a lot of other ccTLDs, where the 1 to 10 year registration period has been available for some time. As a registrar and registrant I'm delighted by this move. It also … [Read more...] about UK Domain Names Now Available For 1 to 10 Year Registration and Renewal