New TLDs: FAQs

17 November 2000


On 16 November 2000, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) selected the following new top-level domain (TLD) proposals for negotiations: JVTeam (.biz); Afilias (.info); Global Name Registry (.name); RegistryPro (.pro); MDMA (.museum); SITA (.aero); and NCBA (.coop).


Q: Which new Top Level Domain (TLD) labels were selected?

A: .biz, .info, .name, .pro, .museum, ..aero, and .coop


Q: When will the new TLDs become operational?

A: Probably during the second quarter of 2001. The ICANN staff plans to work through the end of the year to negotiate registry agreements with the selected applicants. The proposed schedule calls for completion of negotiations by December 31, 2000. The negotiated registry agreements must then be approved by the ICANN board of directors. Following that approval, the ICANN board will forward its recommendations to the U.S. Department of Commerce for implementation.


Q: Can I register a name in one of the new TLDs right now?

A: No. It is not yet possible to register names in any of these new TLDs. Registration procedures have not yet been formalized. Registration will be done on a fair basis, without any special preferences for so-called "pre-registration" services. Please monitor the ICANN website for further developments.


Q: Can I "pre-register" names in the new TLDs?

A: It is premature to "pre-register" domain names in the selected new TLDs. No company has been authorized to perform any such service, and no special preferences will be given to those who pay for such services. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently issued a consumer alert warning about "scam artists" offering "pre-registration" services along these lines. Among other recommendations, the FTC advised consumers to protect themselves by "[a]voiding any domain name pre-registration service that asks for up-front fees, guarantees particular top level domain names or preferential treatment in the assignment of new top level domain names." Please refer to the FTC's Consumer Alert at <http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/alerts/domainalrt.htm> for additional information.


Q: Where can I find additional information about the selected proposals?

A: The proposals are posted on the ICANN website at <http://www.icann.org/tlds/>. Please direct any inquiries to the registry operators or sponsoring organizations for the selected proposals:

JVTeam, LLC (.biz)
1120 Vermont Avenue., NW
Washington, DC 20005 USA
Ken Hansen
+1 202 533-2600

Afilias, LLC (.info)
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Four Times Square
New York, New York 10036 USA
Rita A. Rodin
+1 212 735-3000

The Global Name Registry, Limited (.name)
10 Fenchurch Avenue
EC3M 5BN, London, UK
Hakon Haugnes
+44 207 663 5600

RegistryPro,Ltd. (.pro)
c/o Hayes & Curran Solicitors
6 Fitz William Square
Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1614-5000

Museum Domain Management Association (.museum)
Cary Karp
Director Department of Information Technology
Swedish Museum of Natural History
Svante Arrheniusv. 3
Box 50007
104 05 Stockholm, Sweden
+46 8 5195 4055

Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (.aero)
14, avenue Henri Matisse
1140 Brussels, Belgium
+32 2 745 01 05
26, Chemin de Joinville
PO Box 31
1216 Geneva, Switzerland
+41 22 747 60 00

Cooperative League of the USA (.coop)
dba National Cooperative Business Association
1401 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 1100 USA
Washington, D.C. 20005-2160
Paul Hazen
+1 202 383-5444


For more information, see ICANN's new TLD program page.