It’s going to be a while.
Want to apply for your own top level domain name in the next round?
You might be able to…in 2020. But no one ever lost money betting on delays at ICANN.
Speaking at World Summit on the Information Society, Akram Atallah, President of ICANN’s Global Domains Division, suggested 2020 would be a realistic date .
As quoted by World Trademark Review:
World Summit on the Information Society
“Everyone keeps asking me when the next round will be. The timeline is drifting towards the end of 2017 for all the reviews to happen but the PDPs could take longer, and based on all of that there will be input and recommendations to the board. Depending on what recommendations we get, this will dictate the amount of work we have to do to prepare for the next round. In my view, it will be tough to see the next round opening up before a 2018-2019 timeframe. That is optimistic. Depending on the changes needed from this round to next, the work could take us into 2020 before we can open the next round.”