Shake-up for internet proposed
"The net could see its biggest transformation in decades if plans to open up the address system are passed."
Strict rules on top level domain names, such as .com or .uk, may be relaxed.
According to the BBC, the net could see its biggest transformation in decades if plans to open up the address system are passed. If the laws are relaxed it could mean that companies are able to turn their brands into domain names while individuals could also carve out their own corner of the net. Furthermore, the .XXX domain could see the light of day as a result of the move, although it could yet be blocked as the independent arbitration panel can reject domains based on "morality or public order" grounds.
Top level domains are currently limited to individual countries, such as .uk (UK) or .it (Italy), as well as to commerce, .com, and to institutional organisations, such as .net, or .org.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann), which acts a sort of regulator for the net, as well as overseeing the domain name system, has been working towards opening up net addresses for the last three years.
The plan would also allow for the new domain names to be internationalised, and so could be written in scripts for Asian and Arabic languages.
Dr Paul Twomey, chief executive of Icann,stated that the application fee to register a domain could be at least several thousand dollars.
According to Icann, individuals would be able to register a domain based on their own name or any other string of letters so long as they can show a "business plan and technical capacity". Companies however, may find their chosen domain names subject to contention and a subsequent bidding war.
If there is a dispute, we will try and get the parties together to work it out. But if that fails there will be an auction and the domain will go to the highest bidder.
What will the impact be if the rules pertaining to top level domain names are relaxed?
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