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# [[Google]] ([[Charleston Road Registry Inc.]])- This is one of the 101 new domain name strings filed by the search engine giant. Its main objective in applying for the .free TLD is to provide  a dedicated online space for enterprises, small businesses, groups or individuals engaged in marketing and promoting free products, services, events and other activities. The Google Registry platform will be used to ensure the efficiency and security of entire technical registry operations of the TLD.<ref>
 
# [[Google]] ([[Charleston Road Registry Inc.]])- This is one of the 101 new domain name strings filed by the search engine giant. Its main objective in applying for the .free TLD is to provide  a dedicated online space for enterprises, small businesses, groups or individuals engaged in marketing and promoting free products, services, events and other activities. The Google Registry platform will be used to ensure the efficiency and security of entire technical registry operations of the TLD.<ref>
 
[http://news.dot-nxt.com/sites/news.dot-nxt.com/files/1-1141-1851_FREE.html Application number: 1-1141-1851 for Charleston Road Registry Inc.]</ref>
 
[http://news.dot-nxt.com/sites/news.dot-nxt.com/files/1-1141-1851_FREE.html Application number: 1-1141-1851 for Charleston Road Registry Inc.]</ref>
# [[Top Level Domain Holdings]]- This is one of the 68 new gTLDs filed by the company on its own behalf. Its objective is to provide a dedicated platform for companies, not-for-profit organizations and individuals to share free products and services through the .free domain name space. Its subsidiary, [[Minds + Machines]] will serves as its back-end registry service provider.<ref>
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[http://news.dot-nxt.com/sites/news.dot-nxt.com/files/1-1039-66889_FREE.html Application number: 1-1039-66889 for Top Level Domain Holdings Limited]</ref> This applicant submitted a [[PIC|Public Interest Commitment]], which can be downloaded [https://gtldresult.icann.org/application-result/applicationstatus/applicationdetails/1527 here].
   
# [[Uniregistry]], Corp.- This is one of the 54 new gTLDs filed by the company, which was founded by [[domainer]] [[Frank Schilling]]. Its plan is to operate the .free TLD with a flat pricing, fixed renewal cost and without price increase for the first 5 years. Uniregistry partnered with the [[ISC|Internet Systrems Consortium]] (ISC) to serve as its back-end registry service provider.<ref>
 
# [[Uniregistry]], Corp.- This is one of the 54 new gTLDs filed by the company, which was founded by [[domainer]] [[Frank Schilling]]. Its plan is to operate the .free TLD with a flat pricing, fixed renewal cost and without price increase for the first 5 years. Uniregistry partnered with the [[ISC|Internet Systrems Consortium]] (ISC) to serve as its back-end registry service provider.<ref>
 
[http://news.dot-nxt.com/sites/news.dot-nxt.com/files/1-845-38175_FREE.html Application number: 1-845-38175 for Uniregistry, Corp.]</ref>
 
[http://news.dot-nxt.com/sites/news.dot-nxt.com/files/1-845-38175_FREE.html Application number: 1-845-38175 for Uniregistry, Corp.]</ref>
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===Former Applicants===
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# [[Top Level Domain Holdings]]- This was one of the 68 new gTLDs filed by the company on its own behalf. Its objective was to provide a dedicated platform for companies, not-for-profit organizations and individuals to share free products and services through the .free domain name space. Its subsidiary, [[Minds + Machines]] was to serves as its back-end registry service provider.<ref>[http://news.dot-nxt.com/sites/news.dot-nxt.com/files/1-1039-66889_FREE.html Application number: 1-1039-66889 for Top Level Domain Holdings Limited]</ref> This applicant submitted a [[PIC|Public Interest Commitment]], which can be downloaded [https://gtldresult.icann.org/application-result/applicationstatus/applicationdetails/1527 here].
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.free was '''WITHDRAWN''' by TLDH, along with another 3 TLDs ([[.zulu]], [[.spa]], [[.sale]]), in April 2013.<ref>[http://en.paperblog.com/tldh-withdrawing-4-new-gtld-applications-free-sale-spa-zulu-507788/ TLDh withdrawing 4 new gTLD applications fee sale spa zulu en.PaperBlog.com] Retrieved 9 May 2013</ref>
 
===European Commission Communiqué===
 
===European Commission Communiqué===
 
The [[European Commission]] flagged all applicants for .free outside of ICANN's defined remediation processes.
 
The [[European Commission]] flagged all applicants for .free outside of ICANN's defined remediation processes.
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The Commission specifically notes that this objection is not a part of the GAC Early Warning process, and goes on to note that "the Commission does not consider itself legally bound to [ICANN] processes," given that there is not legal agreement between the two bodies.<ref>[http://domainincite.com/docs/20121127093808906.pdf DomainIncite.com/Docs] Published 27 Nov 2012, Retrieved 11 Dec 2012</ref><ref>[http://domainincite.com/11130-europe-rejects-icanns-authority-as-it-warns-of-problems-with-58-new-gtlds Europe Rejects ICANNs Authority As it Warns of Problems with 58 New gTLDs, DomainIncite.com] Published 27 Nov 2012, Retrieved 11 Dec 2012</ref>
 
The Commission specifically notes that this objection is not a part of the GAC Early Warning process, and goes on to note that "the Commission does not consider itself legally bound to [ICANN] processes," given that there is not legal agreement between the two bodies.<ref>[http://domainincite.com/docs/20121127093808906.pdf DomainIncite.com/Docs] Published 27 Nov 2012, Retrieved 11 Dec 2012</ref><ref>[http://domainincite.com/11130-europe-rejects-icanns-authority-as-it-warns-of-problems-with-58-new-gtlds Europe Rejects ICANNs Authority As it Warns of Problems with 58 New gTLDs, DomainIncite.com] Published 27 Nov 2012, Retrieved 11 Dec 2012</ref>
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===TLDH & $15mm Auction Funding===
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On February 26 2013, [[Top Level Domain Holdings Ltd.]] announced that it had entered into a funding agreement worth $15 million to be used in the case of auction for a specific unnamed TLD. The investor will not receive ownership of the TLD but a share of future revenues. TLDH did not name the TLD that the funds are directed for, and it is in 11 head to head contentions and 12 featuring more than one contender.<ref>[http://domainnamewire.com/2013/02/26/tldh-gets-up-to-15-million-for-a-single-top-level-domain-name-auction/ TLDh Gets 15 Million for A Single Top Level Domain Name Auction, DomainNameWire.com] Published and Retrieved 26 Feb 2013</ref>
      
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