August 16, 2000 - Marina del Rey, CA -- Yesterday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) posted the application forms and assessment criteria for new top-level domain (TLD) proposals. Applications will be accepted beginning September 5, 2000 until October 2, 2000, followed by a two-week public comment period and review by the ICANN Board of Directors. An announcement of the Board's decisions is scheduled for mid-November.
During the application period, applicants with questions can address them in writing to <firstname.lastname@example.org> and substantive responses will be posted at <http://www.icann.org/tlds/tld-faqs.htm>.
Criteria for use in selecting among the proposals submitted are posted at <http://www.icann.org/tlds/tld-criteria-15aug00.htm>. Application materials may be accessed through <http://www.icann.org/tlds/tld-applications-15aug00.htm>.
- Sponsored & Unsponsored TLD Application Transmittal Forms
- Sponsoring Organization's Proposal
- Registry Operator's Proposal
- Description of TLD Policies
- Statement of Requested Confidential Treatment of Materials Submitted
- Fitness Disclosures
An overview of the application process is posted at <http://www.icann.org/tlds/application-process-03aug00.htm>.