- All applications are dealt with in one batch.
- All results of evaluations we be published JUNE/JULY 2013.
- Launches from AUTUMN 2013 (or later).
- Objection deadline January 12, 2012
- 90% of all Letter of Credits needs to be updated.
- Digital Archery is buried.
- You may have to update your Letter of Credit.
- You will be able to ask for more than 14 days to do so (from when you are informed).
- Banks that have lost A rating will still be accepted.
- One can keep the three points in the evaluation – thus it should not affect your applications.
- August 12, 2012: Application Comment Period Closes (might be extended).
- August 20, 2012: Comment period on metering/batching (if needed June/July next year) closes.
- October 2012: GAC Early Warnings (shortly after Toronto ICANN Meeting).
- November 2012 – publication of contention sets.
- January 12, 2013 objection period closes.
- April 2013, GAC communicates GAC advice (Veto against applications).
- June/July 2013 all initial evaluations complete – and published at the same time.
- First Delegation from Autumn 2013.
So the gTLD program is postponed once again...it is however good news that digital archery is buried....
With the lack of clarity (on deadlines, timeline, criteria for delegation, contention sets etc.), ICANN must expect that they will still be confronted with frustration amongst applicants and other stakeholders. We realize that it is a complex process, but urge ICANN to stand up and at least make a suggestion on how to sequence applications. It may be that the various constituencies and stakeholders will have different opinions (they certainly will) but it would give us all an idea on the direction ICANN is taking.