ICANN opens up Pandora's Box of new TLDs

Ken Simpson ksimpson at mailchannels.com
Thu Jun 26 23:58:03 UTC 2008

> This gives an (unofficial) estimate :
> <http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080626-confusion-icann-opens-up-pandoras-box-of-new-tlds.html 
> >
> .confusion: ICANN opens up Pandora's Box of new TLDs
> By Jacqui Cheng | Published: June 26, 2008 - 12:11PM CT
> <snip>
> Not every zany TLD will be immediately available to anyone who want  
> to register a domain, however. Businesses must apply to register the  
> TLD first, then go through a review process to ensure that it isn't  
> offensive and doesn't infringe on anyone's intellectual property. If  
> approved, registering the TLD will cost anywhere from $100,000 to  
> $500,000, ICANN says, and the business or organization must prove  
> that they are either capable of managing the TLD or can reach a deal  
> with a company that will. This is no small beans—unless you're  
> planning to fork over up to half a million dollars and put in the  
> labor to manage everything that appears under the TLD, this task is  
> probably best left to large organizations and governmental entities.  
> The organization registering the TLD will also be responsible for  
> determining whether it will be restricted to certain types of sites  
> or open to the public.
> <snip>

Thanks for the info. Okay, well that kind of pricing will prevent most  
of the fraudsters from obtaining TLDs. But of course it doesn't  
prevent shady operators from setting up a TLD with lenient abuse  
controls - such as .info or .to. Imagine 40 .infos spamming away...

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