Icann Domain Names – Your Questions…


Laura asks…

Domain name extension?

Is it possible to own a domain name extension? Example: .tk
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!

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.


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.


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