The Internet Council of Registrars (CORE) is about to carry out final tests of its Shared Registry System, a worldwide service to register new Internet domain names.
The system will then be introduced in March. The servers in the CORE Shared Registry System (SRS) are scheduled to be ready for full service by mid-February. For acceptance testing, CORE will conduct an immediate external audit of the system for security, back-up and disaster recovery.
All aspects of the system were designed to meet the specifications of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). CORE will initially administer a set of seven new generic Top Level Domains (gTLDs): '.firm', '.shop', '.web', '.arts', '.rec', '.info' and '.nom'.
The 88 CORE registrars are in 23 countries. The CORE Shared Registry System, a centralised repository of domain name information, will be maintained and operated by Emergent under a contract to CORE. The SRS generates the zone files that let Internet users access the new domain names.
Alan Hanson, chairman of the executive committee of CORE, commented: "This launches a new era of deregulation and competition, as envisioned by the Internet Society (ISOC), the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), the US and other governments and worldwide organisations, which long ago identified the need for enhancement and expansion of the registry system. Users everywhere will soon have the freedom to choose their domain names and registrar, just as they choose their Internet service provider."
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