Application period for new Internet names opens
Date: Mon, 01/16/2012 - 17:33
JAS Global Advisors, an information technology and security consulting firm, has been selected by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to review applications for the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program. As a part of ICANN's evaluation process, JAS Global Advisors will be responsible for ensuring that organizations seeking to register new top-level domains meet ICANN's stringent technical, operational and financial guidelines.
"We are honored to have been chosen by ICANN to perform this critical function," said Jeff Schmidt, founder and CEO of JAS Global Advisors. "This program will go down as one of the biggest changes in the history of the Internet and we're incredibly proud to play a part. Vetting each applicant's preparedness is vital, as top-level domains are part of the critical infrastructure that all Internet users depend on every day."
ICANN's new gTLD program will allow organizations to apply for the right to manage their choice of custom top-level domains, resulting in an increase from the 22 generic domains such a .com and .org currently in use. A "top-level domain" is the part of a domain name to the right to the last "dot."
A wide range of applications from around the world is expected. Fortune 500 organizations have announced their intention to apply for dotBrand top-level domains. Global financial institutions have announced their intention to apply for dotBank. And there are a number of geographically-oriented applicants seeking dotCity top-level domains.
The program will also allow non-Western characters to be included in generic top-level domain names for the first time.
JAS Global Advisors, joined by fellow evaluator firms E&Y and KPMG, will ensure that applicants meet ICANN's stringent technical, operational and financial criteria -- just one component of ICANN's rigorous evaluation process. Once applicants are approved, they will then be responsible for marketing, selling and maintaining their chosen top-level domain. The selection of multiple evaluator firms ensures the integrity of the program in the event of a conflict of interest. It will also allow the program to scale to meet demand for new top-level domains.
"We are excited to have JAS Global Advisors bring its decade of experience in due diligence, Internet security and global IT operations to the program," said Michael Salazar, director of the new gTLD program at ICANN. "I am extremely proud of the selections we have made. All of the organizations chosen are highly qualified, global, and are respected experts in the areas for which they have been selected."