ICANN: Use of a Drawing for Prioritising New gTLD Applications

ICANN logoAfter careful analysis of public comment and possible solutions for processing new gTLD applications, ICANN is proposing a plan for prioritising applications through the steps leading to delegation. The plan describes assignment of priorities through the use of a Draw or Drawing – the priority assigned to each application will be used to schedule the release of initial evaluation results, pre-delegation testing, and contract execution. The proposal seeks to complete processing in an expedited manner, serve the public interest and provide an equitable prioritization mechanism.