Authorization Process for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels
This is an archive of Version March 2015 of the Authorization Process for Release of Two-Character ASCII Labels webpage. Click here for the current page. Click here to view the archive index of the Authorization Process webpage and see what was updated.
Authorization for Release of Non-Letter/Letter Two-Character Labels
Effective 1 December 2014, ICANN published a general authorization for release of all non-Letter/Letter two-character ASCII labels for all new gTLD Registry Operators. No further actions are required from new gTLD Registry Operators that seek to register and activate these two-character ASCII labels.
Process for Requesting Authorization for Release of Letter/Letter Two-Character Labels
The process for new gTLD Registry Operators to request authorization for the release of Letter/Letter two-character ASCII labels, will require the Registry Primary contact to complete the Authorization for Release of Letter/Letter Two-Character Request Form provided below. Note: In accordance to Section 6 of Specification 5 of the Registry Agreement, a list of reserved names for this section are still subject to the reservation requirements and will not be available for release at this time.
Once the request is received, ICANN will validate the completeness of the request and post it to this page for comments. The comment period for each request is 60 calendar days, and the GAC will be notified of each request posted to this page. Within 7-10 days of the close of the comment period, the non-objected Letter/Letter two-character ASCII labels will be released via an Authorization that will be provided by ICANN to the Registry Operator.
All authorizations to release two-character ASCII labels from reservation will continue to be subject to all terms of the Registry Agreement.
Submitting Comments on Letter/Letter Requests
To post a comment to a request, click the "Submit Comments" hyperlink located next to the request in the table below. Only those comments submitted while the public comment period is open will be considered. If a comment is submitted for a letter/letter two-character label that has already been authorized for the TLD, the comment will not be considered.
When submitting a comment, please include the two-character label reference #, the first name of the commenter, the last name of the commenter, the title/position of the commenter, the commenters respective government (if applicable), and the comments on the request. ICANN may use the email address of the commenter to further communicate with the requestor and/or to substantiate or clarify the request. This may also be provided to the Registry Operator, if requested.
Comments will be reviewed and considered by ICANN in determining whether to authorize the release of requested Letter/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels.
Click here to read ICANN's blog on two-character ASCII Label Authorizations
Click here to read ICANN's announcement of the process to request the release of two-character letter/letter ASCII Labels
Click here to read ICANN's announcement of the updates to the process for release of two-character letter/letter ASCII Labels
Click here to view the Authorization for Release of Non-Letter/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels
Click here to download the Request for Release of Letter/Letter Two-Character Labels
Click here to download the Request for Release of Letter/Letter Two-Character Labels – Appendix A
Click here to submit comments
Click here to view all comments
Click here to download a How-to-Guide describing how to receive automated updates regarding Two-Character Requests
Click here to view Requests that are Closed for comment and the comments are under review.
Click here to view Archived Requests that have been Authorized, Partially Authorized, Not Authorized, or Withdrawn.
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