A New Internet Era Beckons

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A global body that charts the course of the Internet is set to discuss a revolutionary plan to open new domain suffixes for private companies. This will be discussed in the meeting held by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), ?which is looking into the possibility of not restricting a list of generic Top Level Domains (gTLD) that include .com, .net and .org when they apply to register a website address.

“New gTLDs represent one of the biggest changes to the Internet since its inception,” said Michele Jourdan, communications manager for the ICANN.

“While they won’t have a technical impact on the way the Internet operates, they could potentially change the way people find information and how businesses plan and structure their online presence,” she told a news agency. “Corporations may choose to apply for their own domain, offering them new possibilities for structuring their online and offline presence,? she added. “Additionally, entirely new domains may come into existence that brings about new commercial opportunities?.

ICANN, a non profit body managing the Domain Name System and Internet Protocol addresses is holding a six day global meeting in Singapore to discuss a range of matters.

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