New gTLD Program Auctions

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17 September 2014 – Results Available for 17 September 2014 Auction

An Auction to resolve three (3) new generic Top-level Domain (gTLD) strings was held on 17 September 2014. The results and Auction Reports may be viewed on the Auction Results page.

11 September 2014 – Auction on 17 September 2014 and Updated Auction Schedule

An Auction, facilitated by Power Auctions LLC, the Auction Manager, will be held on 17 September 2014 at 13:00 UTC. The Auction will resolve string contention for three contention sets. After the Auction is complete, results will be posted to the Auction Results page. The Auction Schedule is updated as of 11 September 2014 to reflect eligible contention sets and accommodated postponement requests.


Understanding Auctions

Overview

Contention sets are groups of applications containing identical or confusingly similar applied for gTLD strings. Contention sets must be resolved prior to the execution of a Registry Agreement for an applied-for gTLD string. An ICANN facilitated auction is a last resort for resolving string contention sets, as described in the Applicant Guidebook (AGB)section 4.3.

Auctions will be conducted over the Internet using a procedure known as an ascending-clock auction, where the auctioneer successively increases the start-of-round and end-of-round prices, on a per auction round basis. Applicants within the contention set must submit bids to indicate their willingness to pay an amount within the defined price range in the auction round. As the price of the auction rounds increase, applicants may successively choose to exit the auction. When a sufficient number of applications have exited the auction process, so that the remaining application(s) are no longer in contention with one another, and all the relevant string(s) can be delegated as gTLDs, the auction will be deemed concluded. At this point, prevailing applicants that remained in the auction will pay the finalized price and proceed toward delegation.

Auction Eligibility

A string contention set will be eligible to enter into a New gTLD Program Auction under the following circumstances only:

  • All active applications in the contention set have:
    • Passed evaluation
    • Resolved any applicable GAC advice
    • Resolved any objections
    • No pending ICANN Accountability Mechanisms
  • Each applied-for gTLD in the contention set is:
    • Not classified as "High-Risk" per the Name Collision Occurrence Management Plan

Auction Resources

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News Archive

11 August 2014 – Updated Auction Schedule

The Auction Schedule is updated as of 11 August 2014. This version is updated to reflect the 2015 Auction Dates for January, February, and March. Also reflected is the finalization of the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework as it pertains to the Auction Schedule. Because the Framework is now finalized, postponement requests on this basis will no longer be accommodated.

10 July 2014 – Auction Date Advancement/Postponement Request Form

The Auction Date Advancement Form is updated to provide the option to request a postponement of the Auction Date. ICANN may accommodate one postponement request per contention set provided all members of the contention set request the postponement. For additional details on the process, please view the form below:

30 June 2014 – Updated Auction Schedule

The Auction Schedule is updated as of 30 June 2014. This version is updated to reflect the accommodated postponement requests due to the anticipated timeline for the finalization of the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework.

4 June 2014 – Results of First Auction

On 4 June 2014 ICANN through its authorized auction services provider, Power Auctions LLC, completed the first auction to resolve a contention set for a new generic Top-level Domain (gTLD) string. Beijing Tele-info Network Technology Co., LTD. prevailed in the auction for the winning price of $600,000.

29 May 2014 – Updated Auction Schedule

The Auction Schedule is updated as of 29 May 2014. This version is updated to reflect the accommodated postponement requests due to the anticipated timeline for the finalization of the Name Collision Occurrence Management Framework.

19 May 2014 – New gTLD Auction Rules update

The Auction Rules were recently updated. Please find the latest version in the link below. The current version and a redline copy of the prior version are also available in the Auction Resources section of the New gTLD Microsite.

8 May 2014 – New gTLD Auction Schedule, Advancement Request Form and Bidder Training Videos

The first Auction Event is scheduled for 4 June 2014. Auction notifications have been issued to members of eligible contention sets. There are also several new and updated items below and also available in the Auction Resources section of the New gTLD Microsite.

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24 April 2014 – Wilmington Trust named as the escrow provider for Auctions

ICANN and Power Auctions LLC are pleased to announce Wilmington Trust, National Association (Wilmington Trust) as the escrow provider for the New gTLD Auctions. Module 4 of the Applicant Guidebook prescribes Auctions as the method of last resort to resolve string contention. Participation in an auction requires the bidders to submit a deposit prior to the Auction; these deposits establish the bidding limits for the bidder in the Auction. Wilmington Trust will hold the deposits in escrow until the Auction completes.

9 April 2014 – Updated Bidder Agreement and Resources

ICANN released an updated Bidder Agreement for New gTLD Auctions that addresses concerns raised during ICANN 49 in Singapore. The Auction Rules have been updated to align with new clauses in the Bidder Agreement. Applicants that submitted Bidder Agreement version 2014-02-26 prior to 9 April 2014 should execute the Bidder Agreement Amendment (current version under Auction Resources) and submit to ICANN via an Customer Portal case.

3 April 2014 – New gTLD Auction Rules

19 March 2014 – New gTLD Auction Schedule and Intent to Auction Notifications initiated

The schedule of the upcoming Auctions for unresolved contention sets is now available. The first Auction Event is scheduled for 4 June 2014. Auction notifications have been issued to members of eligible contention sets. Applicants must submit the required bidder materials within 28 days of receiving an Intent to Auction notification.

5 March 2014 – Public Comment Report Available: New gTLD Auction Rules

ICANN reviewed the community's feedback and will implement several updates to the Auction Rules documents.

26 February 2014 – Updates to Auction Resources

5 February 2014 – Public Comment Closed: New gTLD Auction Rules

ICANN opened a public comment period to gather community input regarding the auction rules and other auction materials. Comments were due by 4 February 2014 at 23:59 UTC. Once finalized, Auctions will be conducted to assist applicants in resolving string contention.

7 November 2013 – New gTLD Auctions Webinar Materials

Date/Time: 7 November 2013, 22:00 – 23:00 UTC

An in-depth discussion on the Auctions process and what to expect.

7 November 2013 – Auctions Webinar

An in-depth discussion on the Auctions process, including an overview, proposed timeframes and deadlines, and preliminary key rules. ICANN will also gather community input on process elements that will affect parties preparing for Auction.

31 October 2013 – Preliminary Auction Rules

The preliminary New gTLD Program Auction Rules are based on section 4.3.1 of the Applicant Guidebook. This near final version should be reviewed by applicants who are likely to utilize ICANN's New gTLD Program Auction process to resolve string contention. They are being published prior to finalization to facilitate applicant's auction preparations and will be finalized as soon as is operationally feasible.