27 new TLDs have passed their initial evaluation

First batch of new TLDs have passed initial evaluation.

Today was a big milestone in the new top level domain name process.

ICANN’s new top level domain application status page is now showing the first top level domain names to pass Initial Evaluation.

As of the time of writing, 27 domains have passed initial evaluation.

Because they were given precedence in the new TLD prioritization draw, all 27 are internationalized domain names.

Of the first 28 prioritization slots, only #7 (an application by Temasek Holdings (Private) Limited for) and #18 (an application by SAMSUNG SDS CO., LTD) are not showing as having passed yet. They are not showing as failed, either.

Update: In a video posted by ICANN, they said the hold up on these other applications is primarily administrative.

You can see an example of a “passed” initial evaluation report here.

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