Internet overhaul wins approval
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Author:  Andy [ Thu Jun 26, 2008 7:16 pm ]
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Internet overhaul wins approval

A complete overhaul of the way in which people navigate the internet has been given the go-ahead in Paris.

The net's regulator, Icann, voted unanimously to relax the strict rules on so-called "top-level" domain names, such as .com or .uk.

Country appeal

Icann has been working towards opening up the 25-year-old net addresses for nearly six years.

At the moment, top-level domains (TLDs) are currently limited to individual countries, such as .uk (UK) or .it (Italy), as well as to commerce, .com, and to institutional organisations, such as .net, or .org.

The .com suffix is the most popular and most costly TLD.

To get around the restrictions, some companies have used the current system to their own ends.

For example, the Polynesian island nation Tuvalu, has leased the use of the .tv address to many television firms.

Under the new plans, domain names can be based on any string of letters.

Individuals will be able to register a domain based on their own name, for example, as long as they can show a "business plan and technical capacity".

Companies will be able to secure domain names based on their intellectual property.

The result could be thousands or even millions of new addresses.

"The most likely new TLDs to be pushed into the Icann process are those that have been under development for some time now - the geo-TLDs such as .cym for Wales, .sco for Scotland, .ldn for London, .nyc for New York and so on," explained Marcus Eggensperger, of Lycos Webhosting.

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Author:  Leon [ Thu Jun 26, 2008 9:11 pm ]
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Does this mean I could get a .leon address? :D

Author:  betaluva [ Thu Jun 26, 2008 11:33 pm ]
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so what does this mean in a practicle sense

Author:  ___ [ Fri Jun 27, 2008 2:18 am ]
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betaluva wrote:
so what does this mean in a practicle sense

more TLD

Author:  Bender [ Fri Jun 27, 2008 2:36 am ]
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Leon wrote:
Does this mean I could get a .leon address? :D

Author:  expert01 [ Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:52 am ]
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Not much. I imagine the company that registers the TLD (and pays the hundred thousand dollar fee) chooses who gets a domain with that TLD or not. Most people won't have that much money anyways.

Author:  davehc [ Mon Jun 30, 2008 10:59 am ]
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Looks like you will have to be quick if you have a name like Smith or Jones. I would think that, by the end of the month, you will only have something like Smith10075 (or more!)

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