Feeds

ICANN speaks: lucky seven TLDs include .pro and .biz

.web dumped on suffix scrapheap

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

ICANN has selected the winners and losers of the new top level domain (TLD) battle.

Starting next year, URLs will be able to end in .name for personal sites, .pro for professionals such as doctors or lawyers, or .museum, .aero or .coop for sites run by museums. And any domains can end in .info or .biz.

Those rejected include the .web suffix, which Affilias LLC - a consortium of 19 domain name registrars including Network Solutions - had campaigned for.

It is not known why the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) decided to drop the .web suffix when it happily handed over suffixes like .coop and .pro. But it seems it was due to Network Solutions' involvement in the Affilias group.

Board member Esther Dyson said the involvement of Network Solutions, which once held the monopoly on domain registration, gave her "a queasy feeling". She reportedly urged the board not to award Affilias any domains - although it eventually gained control of the .info suffix.

The net name body also booted out .kids, which was meant to be stuck on sites deemed safe for children. ICANN felt this criteria could not be guaranteed.

The seven suffixes were whittled down from 44 proposals at the start of the week. All the companies paid $50,000 for the privilege of submitting their ideas. ®

Related Stories

ICANN releases TLD shortlist
Register domains with Korean, Japanese or Chinese characters
ICANN locks elected reps out of AGM
Domain names set to double to 60m by 2002

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!
No biological clockwatching when you work in Silicon Valley
Lords take revenge on REVENGE PORN publishers
Jilted Johns and Jennies with busy fingers face two years inside
Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook
New iPhone biz baron points to Apple's (his) greatest successes
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Sysadmin with EBOLA? Gartner's issued advice to debug your biz
Start hoarding cleaning supplies, analyst firm says, and assume your team will scatter
Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech
UK spies would rather 'walk' than do 'mass surveillance'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.