New top-level domains in 2012

Plans have been approved to launch the long-awaited new generic top-level domain names (gTLDs). Delays in the launch have been due to various issues, including concerns regarding trade mark protection. The draft guidebook has been through seven revisions. Under the plans applicants will be able to self-select their domain names. This could dramatically increase the number of gTLDs from the current 22. For example, applicants will be able to apply for community and geographical strings (such as .berlin), generic strings, like .brandname, and non-Latin scripts. Applications for new gTLDs will be accepted from 12 January 2012 to 12 April 2012 and it will cost £ 114,000 to apply for the suffixes. Applicants will need to meet high technical standards and show a legitimate claim to the domain.

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