We have been pleased to see the success of the past two Applicant Auctions, and we are looking forward to welcoming many new and returning participants to the platform for our third auction this fall!
Participants in the prior Applicant Auction events are moving ahead with the launch of their TLDs. A small number of new TLDs have now signed Registry Agreements with ICANN; to date, the only three previously contested strings that are now under contract—.guide, .construction, and .photography—were resolved through the Applicant Auction process.
With more than a dozen TLDs successfully settled, yielding more than $18 million in payments to applicants who have withdrawn their applications, we are confident that this is the most fair, efficient, and secure way to resolve contention.
The Third Applicant Auction is scheduled to be held on October 21, and the enrollment period is now open. Signed contracts are due no later than Friday, October 11, so if you've been waiting to get in touch, now's the time!
If you want to learn more about the Applicant Auction model, please don't hesitate to ask. We're more than happy to walk you through the process and address any questions you might have.