Gone are the days when we are limited to only .com .net and few other top level domains, now get ready for almost infinite variety of Web addresses ending in words like .islamaba, .Lahore, example.zardari etc.
This news is hot that The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, that actually controls the top level domains, has permitted the introduction of Internet addresses with uncountable new endings in place of the familiar .com and .net suffixes, making the most sweeping changes in the internet’s 25-year-old addressing system.
New web address system will also ease the way for the introduction of a .xxx domain name for pornographic sites. Backers of .xxx have lobbied the ICANN board without success for years.
During this change ICANN also voted to open public comment on allowing addresses to be written in non-English characters, such as Urdu and other Asian and Arabic languages, as well as Cyrillic characters.
However, we know nothing about what exactly it would cost to win the rights to one of the new suffixes. New York Times estimates range from $10,000 to $250,000. We know that this fee is collected to cover the cost of setting up the system.
Under the new guidelines, any string of letters would be eligible for consideration for web address suffix but subject to an independent arbitration process to evaluate objections to proposed labels that could be rebuffed on the grounds of “morality or public order.