ICANN's TLD Application System (TAS) currently offline - deadline will be extended until Friday 20 April 2012
NetNames has just received an important announcement from ICANN regarding the TAS system which is used to submit new gTLD applications. The announcement (which can be read here) is as follows:
“TAS Temporarily Offline - 12 April 2012
ICANN constantly monitors the performance of the TLD Application System (TAS). Recently, we received a report of unusual behavior with the operation of the TAS system. We then identified a technical issue with the TAS system software.
ICANN is taking the most conservative approach possible to protect all applicants and allow adequate time to resolve the issue. Therefore, TAS will be shut down until Tuesday at 23:59 UTC - unless otherwise notified before that time.
In order to ensure all applicants have sufficient time to complete their applications during the disruption, the application window will remain open until 23:59 UTC on Friday, 20 April 2012.
We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. If you have any questions, please contact the gTLD Customer Service Center (CSC) via the CSC portal.”
NetNames is attempting to verify this information with ICANN directly. If you have been working with NetNames on a gTLD application, please rest assured that your application will be submitted when the TAS system becomes available again.