Applications for .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА TLDs May Be Submitted to ICANN in the Beginning of 2012

On 20 June 2011 New gTLD program was approved by the ICANN Board. There was 13 votes in favour, just one – against, 3 members of the Board abstained.

Prior to the voting some representatives of the ICANN managing body said that the program still is not ideal, but to revise it the launch of the process is required to get some feedback and understand the things that should be updated.

According to the current schedule the first New gTLD application round starts in January 2012 and finishes in April 2012. In November 2012 successful applicants will be announced and then delegation process will start.

Among the first new TLDs implemented may be .MOSCOW and .МОСКВА.

“We are trying our best to get Moscow top-level domains as soon as possible, – says Alexander Panov, CEO of RU-CENTER and managing partner of Hosting Community inc. – The TLDs introduction is an initial project that is being realized with leading foreign partners. It will give a “green light” for implementation of other Russian geographical and commercial top-level domains”.