17 December 2012

What are the current 22 generic top level domains?

ICANN Announces Timeline for New gTLD Applications: "At its 41st international public meeting, June 19–24 (2011) in Singapore, ICANN approved a plan to dramatically increase the number of top-level Internet domain name addresses, known as generic top-level domains (gTLDs), from the current 22, which include gTLDs such as .com, .org and .net. The decision was the culmination of a multiyear process in which ICANN and its community of stakeholders first developed policy and then worked to address several overarching implementation issues, including trademark protection concerns, associated with the organization’s plans to launch new gTLDs. . . . "

Registry Information | ICANN: " . . . The right-most label in a domain name is referred to as its "top-level domain" (TLD). TLDs with two letters have been established for over 250 countries and external territories and are referred to as "country-code" TLDs or "ccTLDs". TLDs with three or more characters are referred to as "generic" TLDs, or "gTLDs". The responsibility for operating each TLD (including maintaining a registry of the domain names within the TLD) is delegated to a particular organization. These organizations are referred to as "registry operators" or "sponsors". Currently, domain names under the following gTLDs are available, and the corresponding registries are under contract with ICANN: .aero, .asia, .biz, .cat, .com, .coop, .info, .jobs, .mobi, .museum, .name, .net, .org, .pro, .tel and .travel. Generally speaking, an unsponsored gTLD Registry operates under policies established by the global Internet community directly through the ICANN process. .biz, .com, .info, .name, .net, .org, and .pro are unsponsored TLDs. A sponsored TLD is a specialized TLD that has a sponsor representing a specific community that is served by the TLD. The sponsor thus carries out delegated policy-formulation responsibilities over many matters concerning the TLD. .aero, .asia, .cat, .coop, .jobs, .mobi, .museum, .tel and .travel are sponsored TLDs. . . . "

The current 22 generic top level domains?--

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