Can You Imagine More Than 1,200 New Top-Level Domains? ICANN.
When the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) finally begins its domain-name expansion program in earnest, how many new top level domains (TLDs) can we expect to see cluttering up the Web?
Who knows, but we do know that 1,268 entities are interested enough to ante up $5,000 to register for the application process, according to ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom. And while registration doesn’t guarantee an application will be filed or approved, it does grant each registrant the opportunity to apply for up to 50 TLDs.
In other words, 1,268 TLD applications is a pretty safe bet. Certainly that’s Beckstrom’s view. “It’s unlikely to be lower than that number,” he said.
But we won’t know for sure until later this month. Thanks to a software glitch that allowed some applicants to see user or file names of others, ICANN was forced to take the application system offline on April 12, and it has yet to reopen it. But it plans to do so soon. Between now and May 8, the group will notify any applicants affected by the glitch, and some time after that process has been completed it will reopen the application system for an additional five days to ensure that anyone who wants to pony up $185,000 to grab a vanity domain has the opportunity to do so.