Marina del Rey, CA (November 16, 2000) — The board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, (ICANN) today announced its selections for registry operators for new top level domains. The applications selected for further negotiation are the following:
- .aero — Societe Internationale de Telecommunications Aeronautiques SC, (SITA)
- .biz — JVTeam, LLC
- .coop — National Cooperative Business Association, (NCBA)
- .info — Afilias, LLC
- .museum — Museum Domain Management Association, (MDMA)
- .name — Global Name Registry, LTD
- .pro — RegistryPro, LTD
The ICANN staff will now work through the end of the year to negotiate registry agreements with the applicants selected. The proposed schedule for completion of negotiations is December 31, 2000. The negotiated registry agreements must then be approved by the board of directors. Following that approval, the ICANN board will forward its recommendations to the U.S. Department of Commerce for implementation.
For more on the history of ICANN's new TLD application process, please see http://www.icann.org/tlds/. Multimedia archives of the annual meeting can be reviewed at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/icann/la2000/.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is a technical coordination body for the Internet. Created in October 1998 by a broad coalition of the Internet's business, technical, academic, and user communities, ICANN is assuming responsibility for a set of technical functions previously performed under U.S. government contract by IANA and other groups.
Specifically, ICANN coordinates the assignment of the following identifiers that must be globally unique for the Internet to function:
- Internet domain names
- Internet Protocol address numbers
- protocol parameter and port numbers
In addition, ICANN coordinates the stable operation of the Internet's root server system.
As a non-profit, private-sector corporation, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy through private-sector, bottom-up, consensus-based means. ICANN welcomes the participation of any interested Internet user, business, or organization. See http://www.icann.org.