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Dot Com Becomes Dot Whatever You Want

After recently approving a .XXX for all adult related websites, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has now announced plans to allow any kind of top level domains (TLDs). A top level domain is the .com, .net, .org etc from the end of a domain name. Currently there are 22 TLDs available. With this plan however, there will be basically an unlimited number of TLDs.

This means that say Amazon could have a site at .amazon, or Facebook could have one at .facebook. Access to all the new TLDs is not going to be easy for individuals, or maybe even small businesses. Applications for a TLD will be about $185,000 and then $25,000 in annual fees.

Opening up the TLDs could end up bringing litigations and legal actions as companies fight over certain TLDs or trying to protect their trademarks. Something similar first happened back when the original .coms and .nets were introduced to the world. Originally there were 8 TLDs first introduced. These are still the ones primarily used. Newer TLDs haven't really taken off, and it may end up being the same with TLDs being opened to anything.

Applications for new TLDs is expected to begin on January 12th, 2012.

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