Monday, June 20, 2011

ICANN to allow new generic 'dot-brand' domains -- CNNMoney

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The trusty old Internet addresses we know and love -- the .coms, .nets, .orgs -- are about to get some new competition.

Global Internet regulators met Monday in Singapore to finalize rules for a major expansion of "generic top-level domains," that will clear the way for new offerings like .law, .coke or .nyc. Sites with those endings are expected to start rolling out late next year.

"Today's decision will usher in a new Internet age," said Peter Dengate Thrush, chairman of ICANN's Board of Directors. "We have provided a platform for the next generation of creativity and inspiration."

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers -- the non-profit, global coordinator of the Internet's naming system -- has for years been kicking around the idea of suffixes for brand names, cities and general keywords. 

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