Icann increases web domain suffixes


A global internet body has voted to allow the creation of new website domain suffixes, the biggest change for the online world in years.

web-domainThe Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) plans to dramatically increase the number of domain endings from the current 22.

Internet address names will end with almost any word and be in any language.

Icann will begin taking applications next year, with corporations and cities expected to be among the first.

“Icann has opened the internet’s addressing system to the limitless possibilities of the human imagination,” said Rod Beckstrom, president and chief executive officer for Icann.

“No one can predict where this historic decision will take us.”

The new domains could create addresses such as .google, .coke, or even .BBC.

But it will cost nearly $200,000 even to apply for the suffixes, and companies would need to show they have a legitimate claim to the name they are buying.

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