Global Internet body to unleash domain names

By REUTERS
June 20, 2011 09:05

 
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SINGAPORE - The regulatory body that oversees Internet domain names voted on Monday to revamp the domain naming system for websites, allowing them to end with words like "apple" and "orange" instead of suffixes such as ".com" or ".gov".

"ICANN has opened the Internet's naming system to unleash the global human imagination. Today's decision respects the rights of groups to create new top level domains in any language or script," the regulatory body said after a board meeting in Singapore.

"We hope this allows the domain name system to better serve all of mankind," ICANN President and CEO Rod Beckstrom said in a statement.

ICANN, which stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, said it will accept applications for domains with new suffixes from Jan. 12 next year.

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