Unnecessary government intervention or prudent oversight? In this case, I’ll vote for the former.
The situation is whether you and I will have the opportunity for domain suffixes beyond the .com, org., .edu and others that dominate today. In the little-known-fact category, there are 21 such options currently available. Why not more?
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has a plan in place to open the domain name floodgates. Our September-October BizVoice (see bottom of the first page) gave an overview of the strategy.
The U.S. Department of Commerce is putting the brakes to the proposal. The Heartland Institute has that story. Take a look and let us know what you think. Heartland writes:
Tech experts expressed alarm at what they see as a federal government attempt to bully an independent organization that has a long record of competent Internet management.
“ICANN has been an independent organization, and it’s important that any government play a minimum role, if any, in deciding domain names,” said Ryan Radia, an information policy analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “If ICANN has a new technology, it should be free to implement any domain name systems without intervention from the Commerce Department.”