By Trevor Little
May 10 2012
ICANN has announced that May 22 is the target date for the reopening of the TLD Application System (TAS). However, as yet there is no indication of the projected reveal date for applications.
In its latest update, the organisation explains that the system should then be open for five business days, closing on 30 May (taking account of the United States’ Memorial Day holiday). It notes that it has now met its commitment to provide notice to all users on or before May 8, adding: “Even as late as May 7 2012, our packet-level research uncovered a new set of instances (in addition to those previously announced) where another applicant might have viewed a set of system-generated file names. It is possible that further analysis will also show that some of the parties that we have notified were not affected, but notice was provided out of an abundance of caution.”
This week, ICANN also confirmed that a full refund of the application fees paid by any applicant that wishes to withdraw its application prior to publication of the list of applied-for new top-level domain names will be available.
While the projected reveal date has not been unveiled, June would seem to be the month – making the ICANN meeting in Prague a likely target.
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