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New ICANN Web Domain Applications To End April 12

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers has announced that it will stop accepting application for top level domains (TLDs) on April 12. TLD's are the most common extensions for web sites and include names ending in .com, .net and .gov.

Last year ICANN agreed to accept 1,000 new TLDs and opened the applications up to any bidders who could front the $185,000 fee and prove that they have the technical savvy to support the new domain. And though some corporations may jump at the chance for their own domain, the U.S. Association of National Advertisers was quick to file their concerns with Commerce Secretary John Bryson, writing:

"ICANN's action was taken despite widespread and significant objections raised throughout the process by many in the global community of internet users," their petition said.

The US government also raised concerns about ICANN's financial gain while also serving as a regulatory body.

by RTT Staff Writer

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