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New gTLD Program in Brief

In 2012, ICANN accepted the first round of applications for new generic Top-Level Domain names. In March 2013 ICANN released the first set of Initial Evaluation results to applicants and the public and anticipates that results for all applications will be published by the end of August 2013. Successful applications will be eligible to proceed to contracting and the first new gTLDs delegated soon after.

Because this is an important change to the Internet domain name system, ICANN developed this fact sheet to provide basic information about the program. What is a gTLD? gTLD stands for generic Top-Level Domain and is an Internet top level name such as .com, net or .org. Right now there are roughly two dozen gTLDs, but soon, there could be hundreds. Any established entity located anywhere in the world can apply to form and operate a new gTLD Registry. Applications have closed but a second round is planned. Contact us for more details.