| 2:09 pm on Feb 3, 2014 (gmt 0)|
As far as I know there is no official schedule. There are also consumer and economic impacts studies that have been promised once the initial round is underway to take place before any subsequent rounds.
| 2:02 am on Feb 4, 2014 (gmt 0)|
So it could be years before they open this process up again?
| 11:16 pm on Feb 5, 2014 (gmt 0)|
Hard to be definitive, the people who were applying the most pressure to get new gTLDs are very busy launching their products.
I would guess most of the major brands who wanted their .brand have them, most of the IP guys programmers and marketters are busier than they've ever been, ICANN is awash with cash, and people who think it may just be a huge cash grab for industry insiders are expecting a time for it to all settle together with ensuing reports and analysis.
| 2:52 am on Feb 7, 2014 (gmt 0)|
I don't know if I agree with you about the brands. The early movers dropped their cash, and many of them had the in-house technical know-how, so it was easy to jump in. There are plenty of brands sitting on the sidelines waiting to see how the likes of Canon, Google, Apple and others handle this.
A reduction in the application fee and simplification of the process might entice more brands to consider this sort of investment.
| 5:05 am on Feb 7, 2014 (gmt 0)|
bill, have you tried to contat ICANN directly? This page is quite dated but gives some insight into the process (and fees).
| 7:01 am on Feb 13, 2014 (gmt 0)|
Thanks. That announcement is a bit out of date. The new gTLD has a portal for customers [newgtlds.icann.org...] but it doesn't mention new applications that I can see.