ICANN posts Draft Applicants Handbook Version 2

icann logo ICANN has produced a revised version of its gTLD Applicants Handbook.

Many alterations/additions have been made in provisions for “community-based” and “geographic name” applicants that will be of particular interest to potential applicants for a .nyc TLD. In particular details of ‘comparative evaluation’ procedures for competing applications are enumerated, as are the processes for individual or community based objections to applications.

Initial application fees will be $185,100. Notably, those repeating applications from the 2000 round will get a $86,000 discount.

An edited version of some relevant provisions is below.

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ICANN votes to add new TLD’s

ICANN The ICANN board voted unanimously on Thursday to approve plans to add more generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs) to the Internet’s naming system. They also voted to put on a fast track the implementation of a limited number of Internationalized (non-ASCII) country code TLDs (IDN ccTLDs). The vote is the result of a Policy Development process that was initiated in 2005. Final implementation proposals will be presented to the board in Cairo in December.

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ISOC-NY Public Forum – Connecting .nyc – May 21

dot nyc logoISOC-NY will host a public forum this coming Wednesday on the topic ‘’. Tom Lowenhaupt will give a briefing on the longstanding campaign to bring about a .nyc top-level domain which finally, with Paris and Berlin also on similar paths, looks to be a practical reality.

This is an important and vital issue for New York City’s global identity. As Tom goes off to make his case at the ICANN meet in Paris next month let’s show him that he has the people’s support!

Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Time: 6.30pm – 8pm
Location: Jefferson Market Library, 425 6th Ave (@9th St) New York NY

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