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Re: ICANN opens up Pandora's Box of new TLDs
On Jun 26, 2008, at 7:28 PM, Ken Simpson wrote:
Has anyone been able to figure out what it will cost to secure a completely un-contested tld? I haven't been able to find proposed fees anywhere. I think it will be a practical necessity for all organizations to secure their own TLD at the outset, lest someone else secure it for them and leave it up to the court of arbitration.
This gives an (unofficial) estimate :
.confusion: ICANN opens up Pandora's Box of new TLDs By Jacqui Cheng | Published: June 26, 2008 - 12:11PM CT
Not every zany TLD will be immediately available to anyone who want to register a domain, however. Businesses must apply to register the TLD first, then go through a review process to ensure that it isn't offensive and doesn't infringe on anyone's intellectual property. If approved, registering the TLD will cost anywhere from $100,000 to $500,000, ICANN says, and the business or organization must prove that they are either capable of managing the TLD or can reach a deal with a company that will. This is no small beans—unless you're planning to fork over up to half a million dollars and put in the labor to manage everything that appears under the TLD, this task is probably best left to large organizations and governmental entities. The organization registering the TLD will also be responsible for determining whether it will be restricted to certain types of sites or open to the public.