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InfoWorld: Domain name proliferation

Jul 17, 2000, 13:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martyn Williams)

"At the end of the a four-day meeting here, the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) voted unanimously Sunday to create new top-level domains for the Internet. Under the resolution, ICANN will appoint an unspecified number of registry operators by the end of 2000 to operate new top-level domains as alternatives to the current .com, .net and .org domains."

"The board's failure to specify the number of new top-level domains it will create came under fire from some at the conference. Although ICANN Interim-Chairperson Esther Dyson said she would rather see approximately ten new top-level domains created, other board members cautioned that number may be too high given ICANN's staffing problems, which are in turn related to funding problems."

"The application period will run for two months from Aug. 1, and then the public will have a two-week period in which to comment. The organization plans to announce its selections by Nov. 20 and then enter into final negotiations with those applicants, aiming to finish negotiations by Dec. 31."

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