ICANN reopens the TAS

18th May 2012

Melbourne, Australia – 22nd May 2012 : ICANN released a new statement today to announce that the TLD Application System, or TAS, has reopened. All registered applicants can now log in, review and submit their applications.

The reopening of the TAS today is earlier than expected as ICANN scheduled to reopen the system at 19:00 UTC 22 May. The reopening follows a technical glitch identified by ICANN on 12 April 2012 and ICANN has been working to resolve the issue and inform those affected for the past month.

Below is ICANN's statement about the reopening of the TAS:

Statement by Akram Atallah, COO

The TLD Application System, or TAS, has reopened. All registered applicants can now log in, review and submit their applications.

The system will remain open until 23:59 GMT/UTC on 30 May 2012. Consistent with our previous practice and to allow the application window to open as soon as possible, two-hour maintenance windows have been scheduled as follows: 22 May at 16:30 GMT/UTC, 25 May at 23:00 UTC, and 29 May at 22:00 UTC.

Applicants are encouraged to review "Top Things Users Should Know When TAS Reopens," posted on the new gTLD microsite at http://newgtlds.icann.org/en/applicants/tas/top-ten. The document provides advice on logging into and completing applications, submitting wire transfers, and contacting customer service with any issues users might encounter.

During the last few weeks, we have fixed the technical glitch that caused us to take the system offline. Also, to address user feedback, we have improved the overall system performance and the HTML preview function.

In our continuing review of the system logs and system traffic, we determined that in two instances, a single file might have been temporarily unavailable to an applicant. Full access to those two files has been restored. ICANN notified the affected users.

We recognize and regret the inconvenience caused by this glitch and the delayed closing of the application window.

ARI Registry Services welcomes this announcement as it demonstrates ICANN is committed to progressing forward with the new Top-Level Domain program as quickly as possible.

We encourage all applicants to log into the TAS and review their applications. For further information and queries relating to this latest update please contact George Pongas, General Manager of Client Services.


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ARI Registry Services
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Email: michael.korjen@ariservices.com

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