New gTLD Program to Be Finalized after June ICANN Meeting

Today, in a presentation made to attendees of the McCarthy Institute Symposium, Peter Dengate Thrush, ICANN Chair, announced that the Final New gTLD Applicant Guidebook would be completed after the ICANN Meeting in Amman, Jordan which is scheduled for June 19–24, 2011.

Given this new schedule, the earliest the application period could conceivably begin would be late October / early November, assuming that the requirement for a four-month communication period is still required.

Even with the many delays, companies should continue to move down a path of due diligence to determine the right approach – whether it’s to focus solely on defensive measures or to apply for a custom TLD.