• Program to Expand Internet Name Space Approved
  • June 23, 2011 | Author: Kristina Rosette
  • Law Firm: Covington & Burling LLP - Washington Office
  • Today, June 20th, the Internet as we know it will begin to change. The Board of Directors of ICANN has approved a program to expand significantly the Internet name space through the introduction of new generic Top Level Domains (the part of the Internet address to the right of the dot - .com, .net, .mobi). ICANN is the California non-profit corporation charged with coordinating Internet names and overseeing the Internet’s security and stability. Today’s decision marks the culmination of a long fight between trademark owners and ICANN over the merits of opening the Internet to an untold number of new generic Top Level Domains (“gTLDs”).