You will recall that we mentioned in February that the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) was proposing opening up the top level domain game to everybody. ICANN has now approved that move by a vote in Singapore on June 20. Applications for positions as new top level domain registrars will be accepted for a three month period beginning on January 12, 2012.
So, anyone with $185,000 and an infrastructure for doing registration acceptable to ICANN can get their own top level domain registration business. As we mentioned before, this will greatly expand the present .com, .edu, .net scheme to anything you could imagine and that ICANN will approve. This could include names relating to common interests (.badminton, .skiing or .coins), society segments (.democrats, .gay or .baptist), individual company or brand names (.ford, .ibm or .dell), professions (.doc, .law or .cpa) or any else that can be envisioned and approved.
Get your applications ready.