A month after first 4 TLD contracts signed, still only 4 signed

There’s been a delay (surprise!) after the first four TLD contracts were signed.

ICANN took advantage of its public meeting in Durban, South Africa last month for a public signing of the first four top level domain name contracts.

It’s been a full month since then, and no one else has signed a contract yet.

ICANN has just published a new statistics page to track the progress of registry signings. Although only four have signed so far, it looks like a lot more are moving through the queue:

– Contracting Information Request notifications to eligible applicants holding priority numbers 1 – 400
– 217 applicants have been invited to Contracting
– 38 applicants have responded to their Contracting Information Request invitation

ICANN had said that about 20 contracts would be finalized each week. I suspect once the engine gets moving that will be the case.


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    The .موقع (.site in Arabic) IDN gTLD was invited to sign the Registry contract on July 25. Since there is not much information as to the options provided for a Registry to sign a contract (physical signing, electronic signing, accredited agents to sign on behalf of a Registry,… etc), we sent some questions to ICANN’s customer support service, and so far we have not heard back from them! Yes, more than 3 weeks ago, and counting…

    Not just is ICANN’s customer support taking longer than needed to answer some simple questions, but those who have to travel 20+ hours and spend close to 3,000 USD to sign ONE contract that would take no more than a couple of seconds to finalize must have more options in hand.

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