As per an update sent out by ICANN earlier today the California not-for-profit is now offering applicants refunds of all paid fees (about $350M USD in total) if they would like to withdraw their application prior to the publication of the list of all new TLDs that received applications. The TLD Application System (TAS) exposed some of the filenames of applications to other applicants. The board authorized refunds with a resolution during their workshop in Amsterdam on May 6th.
See the full email update from ICANN after the jump.
TAS Interruption – Update (7 May 2012)
Statement by Akram Atallah, COO
7 May 2012
In recognition of the inconvenience caused by the temporary suspension of the TLD application system, ICANN will provide a full refund of the application fees paid by any new gTLD applicant that wishes to withdraw its application prior to publication of the list of applied-for new top-level domain names.
A resolution authorizing full refunds was adopted during a Board of Directors workshop in Amsterdam on Sunday, 6 May 2012.
We recognize that this represents an increase of only US $5000 over the refund that withdrawing applicants would otherwise receive, but we believe it is an important part of fulfilling our commitment to treat applicants fairly.
We regret the difficulties that we know the temporary suspension of TAS is causing.
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