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Icann delays web domain expansion plan

Top internet domain registrar Icann has decided to delay plans to create new top level domain names after objections...

Top internet domain registrar Icann has decided to delay plans to create new top level domain names after objections from the US.

The US has accused Icann of failing to examine fully the economic implications of creating new names to compete with .com and .net domains.

The proposed global top level domains (GTLDs) will allow companies to apply for extensions with their own brand names, such as .Coke or .eBay.

But Icann has voted to seek more information from an advisory committee with representatives of 100 national governments before implementing the plan, according to the Financial Times.

Icann has commissioned five studies of the economic benefits and costs but has yet to finish reviewing those studies, the paper said.

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