Technical problems lead to deadline extension.
ICANN has extended the deadline for apply for a new top level domain until April 20. The deadline was supposed to be today.
The extension was made due to technical problems with the TLD Application System (TAS). Users started reporting problems last night, and ICANN identified “technical issue” with the software.
It’s entirely possible that the technical issue was too many people trying to use the system at once. Apparently new top level domain applicants are like school children; they all wait until the last day to turn in their homework.
But applicants won’t have to spend the weekend submitting their applications. TAS is expected to be offline until Tuesday.
This delay may mean the big “reveal” date for all of the new TLD applications will be pushed off until May.