Internet naming board approves huge expansion of approved domain extensions with .hotel, .bank, or .sport auctions likely.

This article titled “Internet domain addresses opened up to wave of new suffixes” was written by Charles Arthur, technology editor, for The Guardian on Monday 20th June 2011 18.29 UTC

Twenty-six years after .com was first unveiled to the world, officials have swept away tight regulations governing website naming, opening up a whole world of personalised web address suffixes.

Icann, the internet naming board, approved one of the biggest changes in the web's history on Monday, allowing the number of web suffixes to expand virtually without limit. Currently there are 22 international “top level domain” suffixes such as “.com”, but sites with suffixes such as “.sport” and “.eco” will pop up next year.

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