ICANN distributed the first tokens for accessing the Root Zone Management System yesterday. The following Registries are eligible to initiate the Delegation process;
These Registries may move forward with Delegation because they successfully completed all phases of the New gTLD Program, including the final phase, Pre-Delegation Testing (PDT). Additionally, they have already completed what’s known as Transition to Delegation, the actions that occur between passing PDT and gaining access to the Root Zone Management (RZM) System.
Once a Registry receives its security token, it may initiate the Delegation process at any time. Delegation involves assigning operational responsibility for a TLD to the to the contracted party and adding records to the root zone to make the TLD functional on the Internet.
Currently, ICANN anticipates that the Transition to Delegation process will transpire within five business days of completion of PDT. We anticipate that Delegation may take up to two weeks after a Registry initiates the process. Given those guidelines, it’s possible that the first new gTLD(s) could be introduced into the Internet by the end of October 2013. Over the next few years, ICANN is prepared to support a measured, continual rollout of gTLDs and we look forward to working with new Registry Operators.
Further Reading: “First New gTLDs Get the Green Light for Delegation”
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