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Largest Domain Name Expansion in Internet's History Reaches Benchmark

100 New Generic Top Level Domains Delegated Into Internet

Los Angeles, California… ICANN's Global Domains Division today announced that the number of new generic Top-Level Domains (gTLDs) delegated into the Internet's Root Zone has topped 100. Delegation is one of the final steps before the Registries that control the domains may begin accepting registrations for names that will use the new gTLDs.

"There are now almost five times more generic Top-Level Domains than there were only a few months ago and that translates to greater consumer choice," said Akram Atallah, President of ICANN's Global Domains Division. "We are as eager as everyone else to see what type of innovation these new Domains will usher into the online world."

This massive expansion of the Domain Name System (DNS) represents one of the greatest changes to the Internet since its inception.

"This is an historic milestone for ICANN's New gTLD Program and the Internet as a whole," said Christine Willett, Vice President of gTLD Operations. "The year ahead will be defined by new opportunities in a vastly expanding online landscape."

In addition to the new delegations, over 200 Registry Agreements (RA) have been signed by new gTLD applicants. Signing an agreement allows applicants to move onto the final stages of the Program and prepare for delegation into the DNS.

ICANN will continue to delegate new generic Top-Level Domains on a regular basis.

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Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."