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Grab Generic TLD Domain Real Estate Today for $185,000 Per Application

     
3:31 pm on Jan 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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ICANN's gTLDs go on sale today.

Have you applied?

ICANN To Press Ahead Expanding TLDs, Despite Criticism [webmasterworld.com]
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What do you think of this article by David Rowan about ICANN? [wired.co.uk...]
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Here's a link to the ICANN story, for reference.
New gTLDs Update: Applications Accepted Today; New Guidebook Posted; Financial Assistance for Qualifying Applicants

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Applicants will use the TLD Application System (TAS) to submit their application, in which they answer the 50 questions detailed in the Applicant Guidebook. Links to register in TAS are provided on the ICANN New gTLD page.

12 January:
29 March:
12 April:

ICANN begins accepting applications
The last day to register in TAS
Final day ICANN accepts applications

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What do you think of this article by David Rowan about ICANN?

Very nicely written but does it matters... against ICANN....
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This is interesting.

According to its website, the company Top Level Domain Holdings (TLDH), "is a publicly traded holding company on the London AIM. The company is currently focused specifically on the new top level domain space... ICANN has recently announced plans to expand the universe of top level domains. TLDH intends to make targeted investments in this space, focusing on both infrastructure technologies and specific top level domains."

Their Executive Chairman, Peter Dengate Thrush "was Chairman of the Board of Directors of ICANN, and in that role led the process that resulted in the historic decision to launch the new gTLD program in June 2011."

Will be interesting to see what gTLDs they end up controlling.
11:22 pm on Jan 12, 2012 (gmt 0)

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Why in the world would someone want to spend that much for a domain name? You can easily get a low cost domain and spend that $185k for advertising people to your website. It will be interesting to see what companies jump on this one and what type of companies they are.
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ICANN was having trouble managing the few TLD's we already had, just wait until they run full steam into the can of worms they oppened... they'll surely raise the price and pass the buck onto us for their mistakes.
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Why in the world would someone want to spend that much for a domain name?


For clarity, that fee is not for registering a domain, but for proposing a new domain extension. So, say, Apple would apply to have a .apple domain extension be brought into existence.

What I haven't read in plain english yet is who would get to control the registration of domains on that extension.

If Apple paid for the application for .apple, would they get to control all domains that resolve to .apple? If so, the value is obvious, if not, the value is meaningless.
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From what I have seen and read. An individual cannot apply and a company will have to prove that they are capable of managing and regulating the gTLD.

If Apple paid for the application for .apple, would they get to control all domains that resolve to .apple?


That's how I understand it
 

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