21 New Registry Agreement Contracts Signed
In 2012, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and numbers, accepted applications to create new Top Level Domains (TLDs). A TLD is the text to the right of the final dot in a domain name. For example, .Com is the most popular TLD today. 1,930 applications for new TLDs were filed with ICANN as a result of the 2012 application round. Since then, ICANN has been evaluating the new TLD applications. Domains within new TLDs are expected to go on sale in February 2014.
January 1, 2014 - A Top Level Domain (TLD) is the text to the right of the final dot in a domain name. For example, .Com is the most popular TLD today. In 2012, ICANN - the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers - held a historic application round inviting organizations from around the world to apply to create new TLDs. 1,930 applications for new TLDs were filed. Since that time, each application has undergone a rigorous evaluation process which included evaluation of the string itself as well as the applicant's technical capacity and financial capability for operating a new TLD. It is expected that over 700 new TLDs will result from this process (many of the TLDs were duplicates).
After the application process is complete, each prospective registry operator must sign a contract - known as a Registry Agreement - with ICANN before the new TLD can be added to the Internet. 21 new TLDs have recently signed Registry Agreements with ICANN. These TLDs were: .rest, .axa, .best, .bid, .country, .feedback, .frogans, .globo, .kred, .miami, .moscow, .quebec, .rodeo, .sohu, .supplies, .supply, .vodka, .work, .wtc, .москва (Moscow) and .商店 (shop). A total of 222 Registry Agreements have now been signed.
In addition, Donuts has withdrawn its application for .global, and .rexroth - a branded TLD from Bosch Rexroth - has passed the Extended Evaluation phase.
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