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Seven New Internet Suffixes OK'd

Friday, 17 November 2000 12:00 AM

As it concluded its annual meeting here, ICANN approved the additions of ".biz," ".info," ".name," ".pro," ".museum," ".aero" and ".coop." Use of the new suffixes will be limited to individuals and organizations in the fields the names represent.

Several often-mentioned names failed to make the cut. Despite predictions from sources attending Thursday's board meeting, ".web," ".iii," and ".travel" were not chosen from among the 44 applications.

ICANN, which manages Internet name registration, added the TLD names in an effort to alleviate overcrowding in the more popular categories, ".com," ".net" and ".org." Many recent Web sites have resorted to cumbersome word combinations to find an available ".com" name, making it harder for Internet users to remember and locate them.

Actual registration for each name will be handled by a private company. Firms paid a non-refundable $50,000 application fee for the chance to be chosen. For the losers, it's money down the drain. For the winner it's a small investment. They will be able to collect a small annual fee from each of the potentially millions of Web sites using their TLD name. Details on the registration contracts remain to be negotiated with ICANN.

But don't look for these new names to begin appearing on the Internet until around the middle of 2001. "Each new name will require its own database. It takes time to build the registry and install all the proper software. It's a pretty big job," said Keith Lubsen, President of 123 Domains.

One of Thursday's winners expressed concern that ICANN took too big a step. "I think the addition of two or three names would have been more prudent, to make these changes slowly," said Joseph Kibur, co-founder and CEO of NetNation. He questioned whether all of the companies are up to the task of launching a new TLD name. NetNation is part of the consortium of companies that owns Afilias, the group chosen to be the registrar for the new name ".info."

Even before ICANN announced its decision, the process was under attack in Congress. Rep. Edward Markey, (D-Mass.) and Rep. Lois Capps (D-Calif.), members of the House Commerce Committee, wrote a letter this week to Gregory Rohde, administrator of the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, questioning the fairness of the process. The two lawmakers, both of whom represent high-tech districts, said they have heard concerns from the Internet community about a "lack of accountability and transparency in the ICANN process."

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