Start-up Offers Top Level Domains - Page 2

 By Lynn Haber | Posted Mar 15, 2001
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Frank Dzubeck, president of Communication Network Architects Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based consultancy, believes that the action raises some serious issues. "The key to fluidity of the Internet is the domain name system," he says. ICANN, despite it's monopolistic structure, is a well-financed organization whose objective is to operate openly on an international basis. "Other companies can try to create domain names outside of ICANN but users will have to consider how well the company is financed and how long it will be around," says Dzubeck.

There are, reportedly, 150 registrars accredited by ICANN to sell domain names, 22.8 million domain registrations using .com, .org and .net and 12 million domain registrations in each country code TLD. Users of the ICANN sanctioned TLDs use a single route structure, or the routing structure of the Internet as most people today understand it to be.

Lynn Haber writes on business and information technology from Norwell, Ma.

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