- Jan. 13, 2014 - FITCHBURG, Wis. --
A Top Level Domain (TLD) is the text to the right of the final dot in a domain name. For example, .Com is the most popular TLD today. In 2012, ICANN - the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - held a historic application round inviting organizations from around the world to apply to create new TLDs. 1,930 applications for new TLDs were filed. Since that time, each application has undergone a rigorous evaluation process which included evaluation of the string itself as well as the applicant's technical capacity and financial capability for operating a new TLD. It is expected that over 700 new TLDs will result from this process (many of the TLDs were duplicates).
After the application process is complete, each prospective registry operator must sign a contract - known as a Registry Agreement - with ICANN before the new TLD can be added to the Internet. 18 new TLDs have recently signed Registry Agreements with ICANN. These TLDs were: .autos, .beer, .bharti, .bmw, .citic, .ggee, .gmo, .homes, .jetzt, .koeln, .luxe, .mini, .motorcycles, .ooo, .ryukyu, .surf, .yachts, xn--1qqw23a (佛山) A total of 240 Registry Agreements have now been signed for new TLDs. View a list of signed Registry Agreements at http://www.dotanything.co/news/Contracting-Statistics.aspx
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