Magazine article The CPA Journal

New Internet Domain Categories Planned for February Launch

Magazine article The CPA Journal

New Internet Domain Categories Planned for February Launch

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The Council of Registrars (CORE), an international group which oversees Internet domain registration, expects seven new Top Level Domains (TLDs), the file extensions which denote the address of an Internet site on the network, to be available for a mid-February 1998 launch. The new TLDs -.firm (for businesses or firms), .shop (for businesses offering goods to purchase), .web (for entities emphasizing activities related to the World Wide Web), .arts (for entities emphasizing cultural and entertainment activities), .rec (for entities emphasizing recreation/entertainment activities), .info (for entities providing information services), and .nom (for those wishing individual or personal nomenclature, i.e., a personal nom de plume)-will add more choices when registering Internet names, particularly for commercial entities now grouped in the overly-crowded .com TLD.

In addition to adopting the new domain categories, CORE will foster greater competition in the domain registration process and thereby lower registration costs and improve service to users. CORE is in the process of expanding the number of registrars to 89 companies, which will compete directly and maintain a neutral, shared database. …

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