The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has voted in favor of severely enlarging the number of acceptable domain name suffixes to a number considerably above the current number of 22. Government bodies, cities, companies, or even individuals will now be able to apply for any ending they desire, in any language they want.
ICANN has opened the internet’s addressing system to the limitless possibilities of the human imagination. No one can predict where this historic decision will take us. - Rod Beckstrom, President and Chief Executive Officer of ICANN.
The system will initially be available to corporations and cities at the beginning of next year and applications will have to be accompanied by a fee of around $185,000. They will need to show a legitimate claim to the name as well. The vote was passed by 13 vote to one with two abstentions.
Today’s decision will usher in a new Internet age. We have provided a platform for the next generation of creativity and inspiration. - Peter Dengate Thrush, Chairman of ICANN’s Board of Directors.
22 general Top Level Domain (gTLD) names currently exist such as the familiar .com, .org, and .net as well as the approximately 250 country code suffixes such as .de or .fr. The new suffixes could include anything from .google to .firefox and perhaps even .favbrowser!
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