ICANN approves creation of new website domain in 2012

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The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has made a historical decision to vote for creation of new website domain suffixes.

Rod Beckstrom, ICANN’s president and chief executive officer said “ICANN has opened the Internet’s naming system to unleash the global human imagination. Today’s decision respects the rights of groups to create new Top Level Domains in any language or script. We hope this allows the domain name system to better serve all of mankind”

According to Wikipedia, A top-level domain (TLD) is one of the domains at the highest level in the hierarchical Domain Name System of the Internet.

Benefits


What does this entail for public and private business/organisation! What this mean is that  Techweez can now be able to acquire its own generic Top Level Domain such as .techweez. After acquiring it, Techweez can use the domain name to market its products & services e.g. seo.techweez, blogger.techweez, business.techweez, mobile.techweez, realestate.techweez etc.

Requirements

To acquire a generic top-level domain, Techweez will be required to pay ICANN $185,000 or Ksh. 15,725,000 and show that it has technical capabilities to run .techweez. Techweez will also have to fill out the application form which is 360 pages long.


The challenge might arise in security and stability of the domain but ICANN will take this into consideration when reviewing the application. The application process will begin from 12 January 2012 to 12 April 2012.

What do you about this historical decision made by ICANN?

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  1. I thought is a nice idea till i looked at the costs involved. What does branding got to do with paying millions for a .techweez extension, money that can be spent on marketing and rebuilding a whole company?


    • That’s why its only for established corporation like .google, .microsoft, .safaricom etc. But i think DotAfrica guys will be excited with this news, remember they were advocating in that Google sponsored conference we attended in Intercontinental


    • That’s why its only for established corporation like .google, .microsoft, .safaricom etc. But i think DotAfrica guys will be excited with this news, remember they were advocating in that Google sponsored conference we attended in Intercontinental


    • I think ICANN put such a hefty amount cause in order to fulfill the technical capabilities to run that extension, it will require a lot of investment to make it stable and secure


    • I think ICANN put such a hefty amount cause in order to fulfill the technical capabilities to run that extension, it will require a lot of investment to make it stable and secure


    • 360 pages is long, they have been working on that requirement documents for years! But i think acquiring an extension such as .kenya brings alot of responsibility cause imagine you get .kenya then people buy 10,000 domain names under that extension, then you experience technical issues. What that means is that 10,000 customers website will be down! ICANN might be trying to be certain that you are capable of operating such an extension


  2. Playing the TLD Game Without Spending $185,000 (plus potentially unlimited annual
    expenses)

    People can already create their own set of Top Level Domains at no cost and without reference to ICANN, simply by registering new Dashcom (instead of Dotcom) Domains.

    Dashcoms are memorable and relevant web addresses such as “sports-com”, “live-music”, “social-network” (available in any language, you can even use Facebook Emoticons like musical notes “♫♫-♫♫”)

    Totally outside ICANN’s control and with users in over 90 countries worldwide, resolution is via an APP; although new ISP links are coming online to make that unnecessary.

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