ICANN on Wednesday revealed a list of 1,900 new names that organizations around the world have applied for in a new Generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) process. The ‘reveal’ event is not the formal admission of any of the names onto the Internet, but rather is the first formal identification from ICANN of all the names that have been applied for.
“This is a historic day for the Internet and this is biggest opening of the domain name system in history,” Rob Beckstom, CEO of ICANN said in a press conference this morning. “I’m excited to see more choices for consumers and I’ll be excited to see what the global community chooses as winners and losers.”
The path toward the new gTLDs was formally kicked off in June of 2011 after years of debate. Each of the applications cost $185,000, though that figure did not scare off too many applicants. 911 applications came from North America, 675 from Europe, 303 from Asia Pacific and 17 from Africa.