Wednesday, 15th December 2010, 13:27:06
The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which is in charge of domain names, has announced that it will be delaying the introduction of new top level domain addresses.
It follows questions over the financial implications of the move from US groups that are not convinced about the benefits of expanding from .com, .net and other domain names.
ICANN voted on December 9th to delay the introduction of new domain name suffixes and will now talk to representatives of more than 100 national governments.
In a letter to ICANN, the US Department of Commerce said that it was still "evaluating the hundreds of pages that compromise the proposed Final Applicant Guidebook".
"Not only will participants still be evaluating the proposed Final Applicant Guidebook, the fact that no information on how the required economic studies are to be finished and evaluated calls into question the credibility of establishing a timeline at this juncture," it said.
Pcmag.com added that the delay could mean the .xxx domain name will not be introduced until at least February 2011 at the earliest.
Posted by Henry Thomas
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