New TLD approval won’t come until June at the earliest.
Today the ICANN Board of Directors provided a timeline for approving the new top level domain applicant guidebook.
The new planned date for “board consideration” of the guidebook is June 20 at the Singapore meeting.
Here’s the timeline:
-Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) feedback is expected by March 25.
-The final GAC scorecard for constituency comment is expected by April 15 with a public comment period ending May 15.
-On May 20 the GAC and Board will have a teleconference on the final scorecard.
-The final guidebook will be posted May 30 and the board will consider it on June 20
This timeline could result in the application window opening later this year.
The board meeting in Singapore will be at the beginning of the week long meeting. Peter Dengate-Thrush said it will be at the beginning “because we want to have a party”.
Just a bit of advice — don’t bet any money on this timeline.