18 Jun '11, 2am

New Internet era beckons with company domain names

SINGAPORE: The Internet is poised for potentially one of its biggest shake ups in years as an industry body prepares to vote on Monday on a proposal to open up new domain suffixes for private companies. Under the changes to be decided at a meeting in Singapore, businesses would no longer be restricted to the list of generic top level domains (gTLDs) that include .com, .net and .org when they apply to register a website address. Industry observers say global giants such as Apple, Toyota and BMW could be in the vanguard of launching websites with their own domain names. "New gTLDs represent one of the biggest changes to the Internet since its inception," said Michele Jourdan, communications manager for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). "While they won't have a technical impact on the way the Internet operates, they could potentially change the ...

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