First Dot Web TLD Applicant Passes Initial Evaluation
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. There were seven applications filed from companies seeking to create the Dot Web TLD. The first .WEB applicant has now passed Initial Evaluation. The remaining six applicants for the Dot Web TLD are pending Initial Evaluation.
June 10, 2013 - DotAnything.co - In 2012, ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, began accepting applications for new Top Level Domains (TLDs). The response was overwhelming. Over 1900 applications for new TLDs were filed, including seven applications for the Dot Web TLD alone. Nu Dot Co LLC on Friday became the first applicant for the Dot Web TLD to pass the Initial Evaluation phase.
The Dot Web TLD has been consistently ranked as one of the most popular - and therefore potentially one of the most profitable - new TLDs in this application round. In fact, SEDO in 2012 ranked the Dot Web TLD as the second most valuable new TLD out of the more than 1900 new TLDs evaluated.
Nu Dot Co LLC's application for the .WEB TLD included company directors Jose Ignacio Rasco III, Juan Diego Calle, and Nicolai Bezsonoff. All three are officers of the .CO Internet S.A.S. company, which operates the .CO TLD. The .CO TLD, previously a country-code TLD, re-launched as a generic top level domain and began offering domains to the public on July 20, 2010. The June 20th launch of the .CO TLD broke records, selling over 400,000 domain names within 18 days of launch.
Nu Dot Co LLC's application for the Dot Web TLD passed the Initial Evaluation phase as part of the twelfth round of Initial Evaluation Results on June 7th, 2013, bringing the total number of applications to pass the Initial Evaluation phase to 628, with 1,222 applications remaining to be evaluated.
The remaining six applications for the Dot Web TLD are awaiting Initial Evaluation by ICANN. The last application to be evaluated for Dot Web will likely be evaluated in August of 2013, based on its prioritization number.
Surprisingly, none of the applicants for the Dot Web TLD filed disputes against each other during the Objection phase of the TLD evaluation process. Therefore, if all of the applicants for the Dot Web TLD pass Initial Evaluation, the next step will be a bidding process to determine which applicant will win approval to operate the Dot Web TLD. It is likely that the bidding process will be administered by Innovative Auctions, which announced the success of its first priviate TLD auctions on June 6, 2013.
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