I just listened in to a call with the CEO of ICANN Rod Beckstrom, on an update on the new gTLD program he gave to some bloggers.
“For us, No news is good news, things are running smoothly we have not encountered any major technical or service issues.”
Beyond that Mr. Beckstrom was unwilling to give any updated numbers in terms of the number of applications submitted or the number of companies that had paid the $5,000 for the spot to file and application.
ICANN has previously stated that 25 companies had paid the $5K fee.
Today Mr. Beckstrom wouldn’t disclose how many application fees of $180K (less the $5K fee for the spot online to file) have been received.
Another uncertainty in the process is the selection of the company(s) that will handle the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) and whether any company will be willing to undertake hearing those for the published goal of $300-$500 per, as we sit today, its not clear that anyone is beating down ICANN door to take this project on.
Beckstrom did indicate that they have received interest from qualified company(s) to operate the Trademark Clearing House and it sounds like ICANN is closer than to making a selection. Also from the call its clear that there will not be a public comment period on ICANN’s selection of the provider to run the Trademark Clearing House.
Finally as far as publishing the list of applications received, although shooting for two weeks after the closing of the application period Mr. Beckstrom would not commit to the list being published on May 1, 2012.