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ICANN releases plan for adding Internet domains
(IDG) -- The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) this week released its plan to introduce new top-level domain name extensions "in a measured and responsible manner," it said.
The outline, which was posted on ICANN's Web site, seeks to establish a guideline for adding domains beyond existing ones such as ".com," ".net," and ".org." New general top-level domain names haven't been introduced since 1994, according to ICANN, a nonprofit organization that's responsible for allocating Internet Protocol addresses and managing the domain-name system.
The Names Council of ICANN's Domain Name Supporting Organization also is recommending several other changes, including the introduction of a new system for managing domains. ICANN's board is scheduled to discuss the suggestions next month at a four-day series of meetings in Yokohama, Japan.
The proposal requests public commentary and lists 74 questions for consideration on ICANN's Web site, with a July 10 deadline for submitting commentary in advance of the Yokohama meetings. The process for submitting formal proposals to add new top-level domains will begin in August, and a final decision on the new names is expected in November.
Network Solutions Inc. and Register.com, two of the companies that register domain names on the Internet, both said they support the idea of adding new top-level domains.
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