(The Hosting News) – Just one week ago, ICANN, the influential Internet authority in charge of Internet Assigned Numbers began accepting applications for customized gTLDs (generic Top-Level Domains).
The move allows entities to apply for whatever they’d like to use as a domain ending (TLDs pertain to the likes of .com, .org, .net, .gov, etc.).
Now the Internet authority says that the application process is running smoothly and “without a hitch.”
Discussing the matter in a press release, ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom commented, “I can state firmly that one week into the process, the application system for the new domain names is functioning just as it should.”
“This is a reflection of the careful planning, hard work and long hours our staff spent preparing for last week’s launch,” Beckstrom continued.
ICANN initially authorized the application process in June of last year and the time to apply ends in April.
For the Internet authority to consider approving a new gTLD, an application fee of $185 thousand dollars is required. However, ICANN has a plan in place to help entities that can’t afford such costs. A reduced price of $47 thousand dollars is possible for those especially in developing economies.
The online application system being used for consideration of the gTLDs is known as TAS (TLD Application System).
Meanwhile, ICANN noted that twenty five applications had gone through the process thus far. Details of which gTLDs were applied for will be revealed by ICANN in May following the conclusion of the application timeline.
Although the initiative was initially announced just last year, ICANN’s New gTLD Director Michael Salazar said that it actually took six years of planning.
The process has not necessarily come without controversy despite things running smoothly. Last month, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission expressed concern regarding how the new gTLDs would affect the FTC’s ability to go after illegal Internet spammers. Along with expressing concern, the U.S. agency listed several recommendations that it believed would help the process move smoothly.
ICANN will face a big change this year as current CEO Rod Beckstrom plans to step down from the organization following the conclusion of his term in July.