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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Internet Opens Up to All Names

Internet Opens Up to All Names

A historical day dawns as the formal process that will expand the number of top level domains available on the Internet begins.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Jan 12, 2012

Every since the very beginning of the Internet, new top level domains (TLD) have been added incrementally. Currently the number of TLDs stands at 22, but thanks to a process that begins today that number could be over 1,000 by this time next year.

The new TLDs are known as generic top level domains (gTLD) and can potentially be any word, in nearly any type of human language script. The current pool of TLDs are entirely in Latin script and include among others: .com, .net, .org and country codes TLDs (ccTLDs) like .de (Germany) and .cn (China).

"This is the first time in the history of the Internet that generic top level domains can be created in non-Latin characters," Rod Beckstrom, CEO of ICANN said during a press conference announcing the start of the gTLD program.

Non-Latin characters had previously only been available as part of internationalized domain names (IDNs) for country code TLDs (ccTLD). The IDN process officially approved the first non-Lation IDN ccTLDs in 2010.

The path to today's historic milestone comes after over six years of debate and discussion. The gTLD program was officially approved by ICANN as a program to implement in a meeting in Singapore in June of 2010.

"We think the world is ready for this innovation," Beckstrom said. "We believe that this program will do what it is designed to do, which is open up the Internet domain name system to further innovation."


So, what will I still have to come up with $185,000 to start selling my own ".don" Domains??? "Applicants are required to pay a fee of $185,000 to even be considered."


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