Icann will use Raffle to decide new Suffixes

News Article - Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:11

By: Kerry Butters Category: Connectivity

Internet name regulator Icann is to decide today which order it will use to organise applications for new suffixes today; in a raffle for new top-level domains (gTLDs).

The raffle will take place later on today and is expected to last around 6 hours.

1,930 applications  have been received by the body, which include .ninja, .app, .book and .music, which are proving to be the most in demand. However, complaints have already been made by some governments who are opposed to such suffixes  as .islam, and .army, to name but a few.

Icann has struggled to come up with a way to assign new names, as "digital archery” was initially suggested until it thought to be unfair and likely to favour some over others. Another idea was to hold a "prioritisation draw”, a scheme in which applicants would have to buy tickets at £62 each for every submission made.

"It's the fairest system we could come up with," spokesman Brad White told the BBC.

"It's not ideal, or perfection - but there was no better alternative."

The first batch of gTLDs are expected to begin rolling out in May 2013 and owners of the domains will have to pay $25,000 in order to renew the domain each year. Applicants have already paid out $185,100 for initial evaluation and then additional fees to take place in the raffle, which will take place starting at 21:00 GMT today.

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