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ICA Public Webinar August 4 to Address Plans for a Second Round of New gTLDs 

While an exact timeline has not yet been set, ICANN is continuing to formulate plans for a second round of new gTLDs. Hard to believe nine years have passed since the first round opened the door to hundreds of new domain extensions in 2012, with the initial wave of those added to the root the following year. Anyone interested in learning more about how the process is expected to work this time around, especially those with an interest in applying for a new gTLD, will be happy to hear that the Internet Commerce Association (ICA) has scheduled a free public webinar on the topic for August 4, 2021.

The event, that will begin at 1pm U.S. Eastern time, will feature a panel of seasoned industry experts and new gTLDs veterans who will provide actionable intelligence and guidance on the next application round. The panelists - left to right in the photo below - will be attorney Jeff Neuman (a co-chair of ICANN committees on new gTLDs who assisted multiple applications in round one), Jothan Frakes (CEO of ICANN Accredited Registrar PLISK.COM, Co-Founder of NamesCon and consultant for registry/registrar strategic and operational projects) and Phil Buckingham (CEO of Dot Advice Ltd, a UK-based consulting firm, which provides advisory services to gTLD applicants), with Christa Taylor hosting the session (Christa, the Fpunder at dotTBA, has been launching and driving TLD registry businesses since 2014 and supported over 50 new gTLD applicants in the 2012 round).  

They will address material changes from the first round, as well as expected timing and operations that anyone thinking about pursuing a new gTLD for their new entrepreneurial venture, global brand or growing business will want to know about.

You can register now to reserve your spot and receive a Zoom webinar link for this free, open to the public event. For newcomers to the industry, the ICA is a non-profit trade association that advocates on behalf of domain name registrants and domain related companies. You can learn more about the ICA here.  

(Posted July 23, 2021)  

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