Proposals to dramatically increase the number of addresses available on the Web have been put on hold by an influential Internet organisation.
The Internet Society (Isoc), which helps develop and coordinate Internet standards, yesterday rejected moves to create up to 150 extra Top Level Internet Domain names on the grounds that certain business aspects of the proposal had ?yet to be fleshed out".
The extra addresses, proposed by the Internet Assigned Names Committee (Iana), were intended to reduce the load currently borne by the '.com' domain name and to quell the growing number of domain name disputes.
Instead, The Internet Society has announced the formation of a nine-member international committee, to study the issue. The International Telecommunication Union, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the International Trademark Association will designate one member each. Isoc, Iana, and the Internet Architecture Board will each appoint two members for a total of nine.
"We are very pleased that ITU, WIPO, and INTA will be participating in this deliberative process," said Don Heath, president of Isoc. ?Consideration of the Iana proposal provides a vehicle to investigate those questions as well as the implementation of more name registries." Currently, there is one registry, Network Solutions, to register existing Top Level Domains of '.com', '.net', '.org', and '.edu.'.
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