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05|05|2012 04:58 am EDT

$350 Million USD received by ICANN for 2,091 Applications

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

While ICANN latest update on the security loophole in the TLD Application System (TAS) doesn’t really hold any new information regarding the actual fixing of the problem and the updated new gTLD timeline, ICANN has decided to release more information from the time the system was taken offline:

  • 2,091 applications were either submitted or in progress, which is well beyond the budgeted 500 applications (even though of course there will be several applications for the same strings)
  • 214 potential applications were registered prior to the March 29th payment cut-off, but payments have not yet been received
  • Approximately USD $350 million in fees for applications for new gTLDs have been received by the not-for-profit organization

ICANN expects to complete the notification process on or before Tuesday, May 8th, 2012.

See the full updated as emailed by ICANN below.

TAS Interruption – Update (4 May 2012)

Statement by Akram Atallah, COO

4 May 2012

The TLD Application System, or TAS, held 2091 applications – either submitted or in progress – when it was taken offline on 12 April 2012.

In addition, there are 214 potential applications that were registered prior to the 29 March cut-off date, but whose payments have not yet been received or reconciled.

ICANN has received approximately USD $350 million in fees for applications for new gTLDs.

As we have reported, we are in the process of notifying applicants whether they were affected by the software glitch, and plan to complete this process on or before Tuesday, 8 May. Shortly after that process is complete, we will announce the schedule for reopening TAS and completing the application period. Once the system is reopened, we will keep it open for at least five business days.

We appreciate your understanding as we work to bring the TLD application system back online.

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