The origins of the Internet as a U.S. military project sponsored by the DefenseAdvanced Research Projects Agency established the United States as the controlling entity for thedomain naming service (DNS). The U.S. government, through the Department of Commerce, tapped Network Solutions (InterNIC) to compile aregistry of all organizations and individuals using domain names on the Web.
Once the bugs have been worked out of the system ICANN will allow 29 more companies to act as domain name registrants. The list of registrants will continue to grow.
New Top Level Domain Names
As part of a comprehensive review of the DNS system ICANN is considering the additionof seven new top level domains to relieve congestion. No additions have yetbeen officially proposed, but you should keep up-to-date on ICANN's proposals. When new toplevel domains become available you might want to consider updating your domain name strategy. To get the most current information on when these changes might take place, go toICANN's Web Site. You can join its mailinglist by sending a message to email@example.com the line " subscribe icann-announce" as the body of the message.
This is the list of the seven proposed new top level domains
.firm for businesses or firms
.store for businesses offering goods
.web for businesses emphasizing Web-related activities
.arts for entities emphasizing cultural and entertainment activities
.rec for entities emphasizing recreational activities