This past week brought word that the first nine Latin / ASCII "new Generic Top Level Domains (newgTLDs)" were delegated by ICANN and are now found in the root of DNS. This means that the registries behind these newgTLDS can now start the process of making "second-level domains" (the ones we normally register) available in each of these TLDs. These were not the first newgTLDs delegated in this latest expansion of the domain name space — that honor went to four internationalized domains back on October 23rd — but they are the first using the Latin alphabet.
The first nine newgTLDs delegated last week were:
Interestingly, all nine of these domains are from Donuts, Inc., who stated in a news release that the "sunrise period" for registration in some of these domains would begin November 26 and general availability to anyone would begin January 29, 2014. So we could start seeing this domains in actual use fairly soon.
My understanding from a comment I heard at IETF 88 this past week in Vancouver is that ICANN will be delegating more newgTLDs in each of the weeks ahead. We'll have to see exactly what happens… but the key point is that this latest newgTLD expansion of the domain name space is definitely underway.
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