When it comes to bad ideas for the Internet, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) a non profit organization that handles IP address space allocation has approved a wide expansion of TLDs (Top Level Domains).
Up until a few years ago, the most common endings for domain name have been .com .net and .org. Then things like .info .tv and others were added and of course then there’s the national TLDs like .us for domains registered and hosted in America, .jp for those in Japan and so on.
Now it’s been opened up to allow the wholesale creation of TLDs by private industry. It will be possible for there to be a .google or a .apple TLD or perhaps .intel or .microsoft might appear. Anything will be possible if the company wanting to do so is willing to pay the price
This is going to open the doors for TLD squatters who will move in to take over where domain squatters left off.
There’s another aspect to this also. A lot of network software needs to be modified in order to allow some programs to actually recognize and use these new TLDs. How many software companies are going to bother doing this for older software? I think they’re going to be busy enough keeping their current stuff aware of whatever the current list of valid TLDs is.
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