L), along with its wholly owned subsidiary Minds + Machines, a leading provider of back-end registry services and consulting to applicants for top-level domains
, today announce a strategic partnership.
A third of all applicants participating in ICANN's (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) new Top-Level Domain
program will come from the IT and financial services industries, according to figures released by ARI Registry Services today as the application window opens tomorrow.
The idea is that private companies or organizations could invest in their own generic top-level domain
either for a specific community, or for more general public use.
WHEN THE INTERNET Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) released its list of seven new top-level domains
last summer, critics of the government-sanctioned corporation complained the new options were too limited.
Despite a certain amount of controversy, this past fall the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) selected seven new registries for top-level domains
(TLDs), including one aimed at professionals like CPAs--the "dot-pro" designation.
ICANN has been considering creating additional generic top-level domain
names, such as .
Several other "last names"--called top-level domains
(TLDs)--exist, such as .
Speculating on the results, Mr Kinderis said the attractive sales and marketing benefits of new Top-Level Domains
has likelyappealed to the IT, finance and retail industries as a way to differentiate themselves - especially important in light of the economic downturn.
Late last year, ICANN recommended that seven new top-level domains
be adopted, including .
MOBI is intended exclusively to deliver the Internet to mobile devices, it is critical that we work with a trusted provider who can ensure a reliable infrastructure that will service the always-on wireless Web," said Neil Edwards, CEO of mTLD Top-Level Domain
Espresso CC, developed as a co-operative effort between CoCCA and Minds + Machines, is a next-generation registry services platform for country-code top-level domains
Critics of the plan, such as Mikki Barry of the Domain Name Rights Coalition, a nonprofit that lobbies for fair and open domain name practices, point out that the USPS has no relevant expertise in the area of top-level domain
administration and argue that it would likely bungle the job.