ICANN is pleased to announce that the independent evaluation process, which began earlier this year has resulted in two further sponsored Top Level Domain (sTLD) applications moving to the next stage. As the process for selecting new sponsored Top Level Domain (sTLDs) continues from a pool of ten applications, ICANN has entered into commercial and technical negotiations with two additional candidate registries, .JOBS and .MOBI. No limit was set on the number of sTLDs, and this now adds to the two candidate registries (.POST and .TRAVEL) announced in October.
The board resolutions relating to proceedings into negotiations with .JOBS and .MOBI can be found at <http://www.icann.org/minutes/resolutions-13dec04.htm>.
An update on the status and progress of the additional applicants will be made as they proceed further through the process.