October 4, 1999 |
Last week's truce among Network Solutions, the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and the Commerce Department could slow--or even halt--the process of introducing new domain name suffixes that would ease congestion in the traditional .com, .net and .org domains. The worry stems from an agreement that Network Solutions signed with ICANN, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit set to take over administration of the Internet naming system.
October 21, 1998 |
The Clinton administration Tuesday tentatively endorsed a plan for transferring control of the Internet from the federal government to a nonprofit corporation based in Los Angeles, but asked its organizers to make some changes to elicit a broader consensus among backers of alternate proposals. In particular, the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration would like to see the proposed Internet Corp.
January 22, 2001 |
A coalition of technology watchdog groups has asked the U.S. government to put on hold plans to add seven new Internet suffixes to complement the ubiquitous .com. The proposed suffixes--.biz, .info, .name, .pro, .museum, .aero and .coop--were selected last year by the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, from among nearly 50 proposals. The Los Angeles-based nonprofit group, which oversees the Internet's addressing system under a U.S.
March 29, 1999 |
The U.S. Department of Commerce and Network Solutions Inc. are expected to reach an agreement early this week regarding the Herndon, Va.-based company's operation of InterNIC, the organization that assigns World Wide Web domain names. Network Solutions has been running InterNIC under an exclusive contract with the U.S. government, but that agreement is set to expire in the coming months. Meanwhile, the nonprofit Internet Corp.
September 30, 2006 |
The Commerce Department promised Friday to take more of a hands-off approach to the Internet as it extended for three years its oversight of a Marina del Rey organization that handles network addressing issues. Internet registrars, some foreign governments and other critics of the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) have complained about the U.S. oversight role, saying the group sometimes makes decisions that don't reflect the Internet community at large.
February 27, 2004 |
Internet infrastructure company VeriSign Inc. sued a domain-name oversight body Thursday, saying it overstepped its authority when it prevented VeriSign from introducing new Web-address services. The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers has no authority to prevent VeriSign from rolling out a search engine for users who mistype Internet addressees, VeriSign said, as well as another feature that allows users to sign up for a waiting list for desirable domain names.
March 6, 2001 |
An Idealab start-up on Monday launched an alternative system for assigning Internet names, offering direct competition to the government-sponsored bureaucracy that supervises most of the world's .com names. New.net, a Pasadena start-up, is hoping to tap into demand from consumers and businesses for Web and e-mail addresses with more straightforward endings such as .shop, .chat, .kids and .xxx.
April 3, 2001 |
The Internet's top naming authority on Monday modified VeriSign Inc.'s control over domain name suffixes but allowed it to keep its thumb on .com and .net for decades if it follows the rules. The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, limited the term of VeriSign's rights to the .org name to the end of 2002 but gave it the chance to keep the .com suffix after its agreement expires and to contend for the .net name after its control ends in 2006. Mountain View, Calif.
July 17, 2000 |
By the end of this year, addresses on the Web might be allowed to use new suffixes such as .shop, .tel and .news in addition to existing suffixes such as .com and .org. But how many more suffixes or how they will be used remains to be worked out. The resolution was passed unanimously Sunday by the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers's 19-member board at a conference in Japan. Some praised it as a boon to companies that register and sell the Internet labels.
November 1, 2002 |
The group that oversees Internet addresses finalized changes Thursday that end direct elections to its board of directors -- a move critics say could make the group indifferent to ordinary users and hurt innovation. The steps are part of an organizational overhaul meant to improve the efficiency of the nonprofit Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, which is based in Marina del Rey.