Who can apply for a new gTLD?

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Any public or private organization from any part of the world can apply to create and operate a new gTLD. Applications from individuals or sole proprietors will not be accepted due to the level of complexity and required resources involved. ICANN expects a broad range of public and private sector organizations from around the world to apply. All applicants for new gTLDs will need to meet very specific operational and technical criteria in order to preserve the security and stability of the Internet.