November 1, 1999 |
Network Solutions Inc. is about to lose its six-year monopoly in the lucrative business of registering Internet domain names, the essential ".com" monikers that serve as identities in cyberspace. But to hear Chief Executive Jim Rutt tell it, the company couldn't be more excited. "We really do believe it's a good thing for the company," said Rutt, whose firm already has 87 competitors lined up. "It will stimulate new uses of domain names, and we'll get a certain amount of that business.
March 31, 2007 |
Adult content won't get its own dot-xxx address on the World Wide Web because it would force the organization that manages Internet addresses to regulate content. The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers, or ICANN, rejected the dot-xxx designation by a 9-5 vote in response to government concerns about offensive content. The action marks the second time in less than a year that ICANN has rejected a proposal from ICM Registry of Jupiter, Fla.
February 9, 1999 |
As of Monday, Network Solutions' monopoly days are numbered. For six years, the Herndon, Va., company has held an exclusive contract with the U.S. government to register domain names on the Internet. But with the increasing commercialization of the global computer network, the Clinton administration has encouraged the Internet community to devise a plan to bring competition to the market for registering names that end in .com, .net and .org.
November 17, 2005 |
The United States will keep control of the domain-name system that guides Internet traffic under an international agreement, resolving a dispute that threatened to fracture the global computer network. Negotiators at the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society said they had agreed to set up a forum to discuss spam e-mail and other Internet issues and explore ways to narrow the technology gap between rich and poor countries.
November 20, 2000 |
Meanwhile, two other groups of companies led by Idealab-backed DotTV applied for the suffixes .nom and .pro. Neither proposal fared well in reviews conducted by ICANN staff members and a group of outside advisors. The reviewers said the DotNom Consortium's application was technically weak, and that the business plan submitted by the DotPro Consortium wasn't specific enough. After striking a high-profile deal to register Internet addresses that end in .
July 27, 2006 |
The federal government appeared unlikely to relinquish oversight of the system for assigning and managing website domain names after a Commerce Department hearing Wednesday raised broad concerns about giving an obscure Marina del Rey nonprofit unsupervised control. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers was created in 1998 to run the domain name system under the supervision of the Commerce Department. Domain names are the addresses ending in .com, .
June 3, 2002 |
The group that oversees the Internet's traffic system moved closer to a complete overhaul over the weekend when a committee recommended changes aimed at making the organization function more smoothly. A committee set up by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers recommended that the group retool its internal structure and change how corporate directors are chosen, but rejected a proposal to bring governments on board.
July 24, 2004 |
A three-judge arbitration panel on Friday rejected Google Inc.'s challenge of a website named Froogles.com. Two of the three judges on the panel of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, rejected Google's argument that Froogles.com was "confusingly similar" to Google. "The dissimilar letters in the domain name are sufficiently different to make it distinguishable from Google's mark," the panel found. The name Froogles.com "creates an entirely new word."
October 27, 1998
The nonprofit group that expects to largely assume control of managing the Internet from the federal government has selected Michael M. Roberts of Portola Valley as its interim president. His first effort will be to reassure U.S. officials that the California-based Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, will be open and financially accountable. Roberts retired recently as vice president of Educomm, a high-tech consortium of 600 colleges and universities.
June 8, 2011 |
Small businesses trying to find new ways to market themselves online may soon tap new branding opportunities, if the organization that regulates Internet domain names expands its offering beyond the traditional .com suffix. The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers, a nonprofit group that controls the Internet's naming system — also known as the domain name system — will meet in Singapore this month to decide whether to allow companies or organizations to create unique domain suffixes.