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27 June 2008 :: 15:06:17 pm 25192

Internet Domain Names Soon To Be Derestricted Allowing Dot Anything

For the first time, you will soon be able to use your own name in your website domain name as the formally stiff rules governing the net suffixes dot com/org/biz etc will be been relaxed in early 2009. This decision, described as a "historic moment" by Dr Paul Twomey, CEO of Internet regulator, Icann, was taken in Paris, yesterday, June 28, 2008.
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Roberto Gaetano, a member of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) declared “We are opening up a new world and I think this cannot be underestimated.” It will now be possible for companies to end their website addresses with their own brand names, likewise individuals will even be able to use their own names if they can show a “business plan and technical capacity”.

In addition, other scripts apart from the Roman script will also be possible, like Cyrillic, Arabic and Asian scripts such as Thai, Japanese or Chinese. This opens up new dimensions to those four-and-a-half billion individuals for whom the Roman script is alien. Those users of Roman script currently on-line number a mere one-and-a-half billion by comparison.

The original restriction on Internet address suffixes was imposed in 1983 and Icann has been striving to de-restrict addresses for the past 6 years. Top-level domains names (TLDs) are presently restricted to the most popular dot com or dot biz, to individual country names, like dot th (Thailand) and dot nl (Netherlands) and also to institutional organisations, such as dot net, dot gov, or dot org.

Soon domain names will be able to be based on any string of letters, in any script. The favourite first proposed are likely to be geographic, such as dot nyc for New York or dot ldn for London.

Consequently, there could well be a plethora of new addresses, numbering in the millions. Though, it is unlikely to be a cheap affair as initial estimates given by Dr Twomey are in the low six figure dollar range.

Not everyone is overjoyed about the new development, however. Business owners and communicators have voiced their concerns over added confusion, the difficulty of remembering new address suffixes and the sheer cost to individual companies having to register all their brand names. Additionally, there is scope for a bidding war over certain generic domain names, like dot sport or dot game. However, Icann, concerned to deflect criticism and potential industry conflict, declared it will be setting up an arbitration process to oversee disputes. And Dennis Jennings of Icann declared “On balance, the board feels that adopting this resolution is in the best interests of the internet and the public at large.”

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Announcement News

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