Icann Domain Names – Your Questions…

Laura asks…

Domain name extension?

Is it possible to own a domain name extension? Example: .tk
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Quote from another question:
You need to have thousands ready and a team to present it to ICANN. Then you have a huge percent chance (90%) that ICANN will not approve your TLD. If you are lucky and they do approve it, then you can sell your tld. Remember, ICANN requires a registration fee chunk from every domain sales (hence the reason no one gives free domains).

Good luck!
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How do they have the power to do that? The Internet is for everyone. I don’t think that’s fair that they get to “control” the Internet.

-austinyb

admin answers:

Somebody has to be in charge or the World Wide Web would collapse. ICANN does do a pretty good job, all in all.

The two letter top level domains like you mentioned are designated for countries – .ca for Canada, .us for the U.S., even .tv & .ws, which are often thought to mean television and website are actually domains for Tuvalo and Samoa. A list is here – http://www.iana.org/root-whois/index.html#t.

There is also some interesting (and in-depth) information about why the Internet is set-up the way it is at http://www.internic.net/faqs/authoritative-dns.html.

And you can read what is happening currently at http://www.internic.net/faqs/new-tlds.html. There are some changes in the works.

Cheers!

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