ICANN Expands The Number Of Domains You Need To Buy

from the but-why? dept

Because those other top level domain additions have been useful for not much more than forcing companies to register even more domains just to make sure no one else has them and random cybersquatting stunts, ICANN has apparently decided to expand the top level domain name space by approving .travel and .post. What for? Well, not because there's any clear need (that would be too logical and might explain what ICANN has been doing all these months), but because of "the level of technical and commercial details their sponsors were able to quickly provide." Meanwhile, they still can't decide about other TLDs like .jobs, .xxx and .asia. Apparently, needed or not, the technical details weren't clear enough. It makes you wonder why ICANN even bothered reviewing these at all if their only basis for making the decision is technical competence. There really doesn't seem to be a burning need for these domains. If the main reason ICANN is saying yes is because it can be done, then why not just throw open the entire TLD name space and let any TLD work?

Reader Comments

Subscribe: RSS

View by: Time | Thread

  • identicon
    Tim, 27 Oct 2004 @ 7:22pm

    These guys are computer scientists yes???

    Why on earth would .post advance postal services?
    If I'm using email instead of sending paper
    letters, I'm not shelling out for a stamp or a
    .post domain. I'll keep my existing .com domain!

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 27 Oct 2004 @ 9:53pm

    They will all be "approved"

    We all know the registrars need to sell more and more domain names, and the only way to do so in the long run is to increase the number of TLDs. All those ICANN meetings are actually just formalities. I personally never bought any other domain than .com/net/org (and my own country's).

    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

  • identicon
    Slappy, 28 Oct 2004 @ 5:10pm

    No Subject Given

    Will these be going the way of .info or .name ?


    reply to this | link to this | view in chronology ]

Add Your Comment

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here
Get Techdirt’s Daily Email
Use markdown for basic formatting. HTML is no longer supported.
  Save me a cookie
Follow Techdirt
Techdirt Gear
Shop Now: Copying Is Not Theft
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Essential Reading
Techdirt Deals
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Techdirt Insider Chat
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads
Recent Stories
Report this ad  |  Hide Techdirt ads


Email This

This feature is only available to registered users. Register or sign in to use it.