(The Hosting News) – “I’m excited to see more choices for consumers,” emphatically remarked ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom during today’s press conference detailing the results of ICANN’s gTLD application process.
1,930 applications were in the mix. Among the notable gTLDs applied for were .blog, .art, .inc, .home, .buy, .corp and so many more.
ICANN revealed statistics detailing how many applications it received from particular geographic regions. North America accounted for 911 of the applications, Europe accounted for 675 while the Asia-Pacific totaled 303. Meanwhile, 24 came from the Latin American region while 17 arrived from Africa.
“We are standing at the cusp of a new era of online innovation,” commented Beckstrom in a press release by ICANN. “That means new businesses, new marketing tools, new jobs, and new ways to link communities and share information,” he continued.
Beckstrom emphasized it’d be interesting to see how things would work but noted that none had yet been approved. Before that action can happen, ICANN is holding a 60 day comment period for global reaction to the new gTLDs. During that time, parties are allowed to file objections with the organization.
The initial application period was held between January and May of this year. Those interested were allowed to apply with an application fee of $185 thousand dollars. However, a discounted rate was offered for those meeting certain standards.
Despite today’s revelation, the process hasn’t gone entirely smooth. In fact, it faced a somewhat large delay when ICANN was forced to temporarily pull the system following the discovery of a vulnerability.