More Domain Names, Registrars Planned

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More Domain Names, Registrars Planned


WASHINGTON, D.C. (JR) -- The number of names available to specify Internet locations, such as Web sites and e-mail addresses, will increase under a plan by the International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC).

And more firms will be allowed to act as registrars for the names.

When the plan is implemented, Internet users will have seven new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs), in addition to the existing ones (.com, .net, and .org), under which they may register Internet names. The new gTLDs and the intended fields of use are: * .firm -- for businesses or firms. * .store -- for businesses offering goods to purchase. * .web -- for entities emphasizing activies related to the World Wide Web. * .arts -- for entities emphasizing cultural and entertainment activities. * .rec -- for entities emphasizing recreation and entertainment activities. * .info -- for entities providing information services. * .nom -- for those wishing individual or personal nomenclature. In addition, up to 28 new registrars will be established to grant registrations for second-level domain names under the new gTLDs. The new registrars will be selected by lottery from applicants who fulfill specific requirements established by the IAHC. All the new gTLDs will be shared among the new registrars, meaning that each registrar may effect registration of second-level domain names under all the new gTLDs. It is intended that the three existing gTLDs (.com, .net, and .org) also would be shared upon conclusion of the cooperative agreement between Network Solutions Inc. …

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