GovLaunch: Government defends new top-level domains

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    Corey McCarren

    Nextgov reported Tuesday (1/11/2012) that the United States government favors allowing new, expanded domain names. The names will be assigned by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) with an application fee of $185,000. They will allow a company to register an address with a custom top-level domain. For example, in, the top-level domain is “.com”.

    Larry Strickling, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, was quoted as saying:

    An Internet constrained by an international treaty will stifle the innovators and entrepreneurs who are responsible for its awesome growth.

    Ambassador from the United States to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Karen Kornbluh agrees. She says the Internet should be ruled by broad principles, not strict rules and regulations. The OECD recommends that all policymaking regarding the internet be rooted in human rights and the rule of law.

    Is government correct in allowing a corporation to take the reigns on this? Should non-profits and companies that don’t have room in their bottom line for a high application fee be protected?

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