Due to a problem with the TLD Application System (TAS), ICANN has shut down the TAS until Tuesday at 23:59 UTC – unless otherwise notified before that time – and so have now extended the application window for TLD applications until Friday, 20 April.
In their announcement ICANN note they have recently “received a report of unusual behaviour with the operation of the TAS system” and that they “then identified a technical issue with the TAS system software.”
ICANN has now taken “the most conservative approach possible to protect all applicants and allow adequate time to resolve the issue. Therefore, TAS will be shut down until Tuesday at 23:59 UTC – unless otherwise notified before that time.”
“In order to ensure all applicants have sufficient time to complete their applications during the disruption, the application window will remain open until 23:59 UTC on Friday, 20 April 2012.”
The ICANN announcement is available at: