Dawn of a New Internet Era

by Akram Atallah on October 23, 2013

Today marks an historic moment, not only for the New gTLD Program, but for the Internet as a whole. Today, the first new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) from ICANN’s New gTLD Program were delegated, or introduced into the Internet’s Root Zone. What does this mean? Well, it means a few things. From a big picture perspective, it signals the beginning of the largest-ever expansion of the Domain Name System (DNS); a change that promises to promote global innovation, competition and consumer choice. It means you will soon see the Internet grow from the 22 gTLDs that we have now (e.g., .COM, .BIZ, .ORG) to more than 1400 new possibilities.

From a logistics perspective, delegation means that the gTLD Registry can start what is known as a “Sunrise” period. This is a rights protection mechanism built into the New gTLD Program to allow trademark holders an opportunity to register Second-Level Domains corresponding to their marks. All new gTLD Registry operators must conduct a Sunrise period of no less than 30 days. Following this, operators are free to make their domains available to the public; a period called “General Availability.”

We’ll see other new gTLDs delegated over the course of the coming months and through 2014.

It’s no accident that the first tranche of gTLDs to be delegated are all non-Latin strings – or as we officially refer to them, Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) gTLDs. In addition to facilitating competition and innovation through the New gTLD Program, one of ICANN’s key aims is to help create a globally inclusive Internet, regardless of language or region. For this reason, we elected to prioritize the processing of IDN applications and their delegation.

As more of the world’s developing countries come online it is a given that only a portion of the world’s expanding base of Internet users are native English speakers, so IDNs provide a huge opportunity to increase engagement, commerce and connectivity and represent a bold step forward in the globalization of the Internet.

For those of you who have followed the community’s long journey that got us to this point, we hope you join us in celebrating this achievement. If you are newly aware of the New gTLD Program, we welcome your participation in this next era of the Internet.

I’d also like to take a moment to congratulate the ICANN staff and our partners, and of course the applicants themselves, on their efforts that culminated with these successful delegations. They have worked diligently over the past few years with the ICANN community to ensure a safe and gradual rollout of new gTLDs to the public.

The Program continues to progress expeditiously on a secure path and at a careful pace. ICANN’s foremost purpose is to ensure the stability, security and integrity of the DNS. We look forward to providing further updates in the near future.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Null 10.23.13 at 4:21 pm

This is exciting news due to the delays due to security concerns and amount of time for this to roll out to finally be completed. Thanks to Jeff Moss and the ICANN crews for taking on these huge feat and propelling us into a new Internet boom!

Ted Fuller 10.23.13 at 6:50 pm

Congratulations on your roll out!

Tony 10.23.13 at 8:11 pm

شبكة (xn--ngbc5azd) — Arabic for “web/network”
онлайн (xn--80asehdb) — Cyrillic for “online”
сайт (xn--80aswg) — Cyrillic for “site”
游戏 (xn--unup4y) — Chinese for “game(s)”

Kushal 10.23.13 at 10:13 pm

Kindly mention the list of gLTDs

Michael Musgrove 10.23.13 at 10:59 pm

The articles states they are all non-Latin strings, meaning Hebrew or Chinese or Sanskrit or something.

I can’t believe this website is running on the Thesis theme. Don’t see that every day.

Anonymous 10.24.13 at 5:14 am

For info, here are the four new gTLDs:

شبكة (xn--ngbc5azd) – Arabic for “web/network”

онлайн (xn--80asehdb) – Cyrillic for “online”

сайт (xn--80aswg) – Cyrillic for “site”

游戏(xn--unup4y) – Chinese for “game(s)”

Jean Guillon 10.25.13 at 12:56 am

Congratulations to all ICANN teams, the new Language Services Team in particular.

John 10.25.13 at 1:37 am

This actually is a sad day in the history of Internet. From now on, you will see more division instead of unification of the Internet, but well… “divide and conquer”, right?

Shashank Kumar 10.28.13 at 9:33 pm

That’s great news but where can I find the new list of gtlds? Proposed date of release were Oct and its end of the month. I’m eagerly waiting for the release!

Calera Internet 12.12.13 at 7:30 am

Yeah, I would also like to see the updated list of GTLDs. This was posted in October, has it happened yet??? Will it happen before 2014?

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