ICANN, the internet regulator, has responded to a recommendation to expand the number of top level domain name extensions. Currently there are 21 TLD’s (Top Level Domains), you’ll be familar with most of the like .com, .net, .org etc, but in future there will be a lot more to choose from.
Under the new system, which is due to start in late 2009, there will be many new domain extensions to choose from. Possible examples are:
- .ldn (London)
- .sco (Scotland)
- .cym (Wales)
...and that opens up lots of possibilities!
While this is great news for the internet as a whole, if you are concerned about “protecting” your trademark or brand name this new expansion could be expensive. However, the benefits of this decision are clearly aimed at the public and the best interests of the internet, instead of corporate vanity.
The official ICANN annoucement is at http://www.icann.org/en/announcements/announcement-4-26jun08-en.htm
by Rob Allen | Filed in The Internet