The group that regulates domain names is now accepting applications for new Internet suffixes beyond .com and its cousins. The new domain names could be operational by the end of 2012.
By Gloria Goodale, Staff writer / January 12, 2012
Thursday marks the opening bell for anyone who wants a website ending with something other than .com, .edu, or one of the other 20 familiar Internet suffixes.
The International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the nonprofit in charge of online registry, plans to throw open the doors to hundreds, potentially thousands of new suffixes, called top-level domain names.
In this first expansion round, which runs through April 12, ICANN will process some 500 applications to register new names. It projects that the first of the new domain names could be up and running by the end of 2012.
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