Like in the Steve Martin’s Movie the Jerk, where he proclaims the new Phonebook are out, the new Phone book are out; The new gTLD Guide Book is finally out.
Yes ICANN has finally published the “final” gTLD Guidebook.
ICANN has made it clear that the Guide Book will be an ongoing process which will be amended on the go, will be a work in progress and may never be “final”
“The Applicant Guidebook is intended to be an inclusive guide and will be regularly updated as aspects of the process are deemed necessary and are implemented.”
“In addition to the Applicant Guidebook, a summary of changes since the last version and a discussion version of a process for amending the Applicant Guidebook are also posted. ”
“There are certain areas where work is still ongoing, such as: whether single character Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) can be delegated as TLDs, ensuring continued registry operation through a continued operations instrument, and providing support for needy applicants through the work of the Joint Applicant Support (JAS) working group.”
The biggest change to the Guidebook seems to be the timeline.
Of the $185,000 application fee $5,000 of it is buy a “key” or “slot” to place your application.
Under the Final Guidebook that slot must be applied for and the $5K paid by March 29th 2012.
The actual application still has to be submitted by April 12th but if they slot is not reserved by March 29th then applicants will be out of luck.