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The Good and the Bad of Top-Level Domains
January/February 2009 (vol. 13 no. 1)
pp. 66-69
Barry Leiba, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
ICANN has recently announced an "open season" on top-level domains, to start some time in 2009. This will dramatically expand the namespace for Internet domain names, and will allow cities, industries, and companies to register specific top-level domains for themselves. What effect will that have on the companies involved, and on the Internet users? In this column, the author explores that question and gives his opinion on the answer.

1. D. Eastlake and A. Panitz, Reserved Top Level DNS Names, IETF RFC 2606, June 1999; http://tools.ietf.org/htmlrfc2606.

Index Terms:
top-level domain, TLD, FQDN, hierarchy, subdomain, second-level domain, registries, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, ICANN
Citation:
Barry Leiba, "The Good and the Bad of Top-Level Domains," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 13, no. 1, pp. 66-69, Jan.-Feb. 2009, doi:10.1109/MIC.2009.23
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