On September 22, 2014, ICANN published an analysis of the review and assessment work that remains to be done before a new round of gTLD (generic Top Level Domain) applications can be initiated.
According to the document, 2016 is the earliest a call for the next lot of applications to operate an Internet suffix could come.
To many, a subsequent application window so soon after the 2012 round seems unrealistic. ICANN has committed to undertaking a full review of that first round before moving ahead with another. The September 22 document outlines the steps needed to get to that point. In a word: lots!
Besides, ICANN has never been good at keeping deadlines. The first round was announced in 2008, a huge 4 years before it actually happened. So will the next round suffer the same fate?
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