ICANN Reopens gTLD Application System Early

ICANN logoICANN reopened its TLD Application System (TAS) on 21 May to allow all registered applicants for generic Top Level Domains to log in, review and submit their applications. The TAS was reopened a day ahead of the date targeted last week.

According to the announcement on the ICANN website, the system will remain open until 23:59 GMT/UTC on 30 May 2012. There will also be a two-hour maintenance windows scheduled for 22 May at 16:30 GMT/UTC, 25 May at 23:00 UTC, and 29 May at 22:00 UTC.

ICANN is also advising applicants to review “Top Things Users Should Know When TAS Reopens,” posted on the new gTLD microsite at newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/tas/top-ten. The document provides advice on logging into and completing applications, submitting wire transfers, and contacting customer service with any issues users might encounter.

The TAS was taken offline on 12 April following a security glitch where it was believed applicants could see some other application details. Since 12 April ICANN has worked on rectifying the problem. As a result of the problem, ICANN has also addressed user feedback and improved the overall system performance and the HTML preview function.

In their continuing review of the system logs and system traffic, ICANN determined that in two instances, a single file might have been temporarily unavailable to an applicant. Full access to those two files has been restored. ICANN notified the affected users.