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New gTLD Draft Applicant Guidebook

Open: 23 October 08
Closed: 8 December 08
Extended to
15 December 08

Explanation: The draft ’Applicant Guidebook’ for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) is now available for review and comment at The draft Guidebook provides information for those interested in applying for new generic top-level domains. Designed to accompany the draft Applicant Guidebook is a set of Explanatory Memoranda that are intended to assist understanding of the implementation work for new gTLDs.

The draft Applicant Guidebook and accompanying papers will be made available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish in the near future.

All materials are in draft form for public comment and review. The comments will help with the production of the final Applicant Guidebook, to be released early 2009.

Further details about the New gTLD Program can be found at:

Staff member responsible: Karla Valente

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