Starting January 12, ICANN will begin accepting applications for TLDs, with a registration fee of $185,000. But there's no timetable for the approval of applications, and according to a report by Reuters, it will start off slowly. ICANN has also promised to quickly take down sites under the new TLD system that violate registered trademarks.
The gist, folks, is the radical folks over at ICANN want you to pony up $185k (non refundable) and some shell game proof that you are a quasi legit business plan in place to run your own registrar for a top level domain!
See.. top level domains (TLD) are the: .com, .edu, .uk, .org, etc... You know, the generally unamusing extensions for domain names. This is not to be confused by the more mundane second level domains (the bit before the .com... so with "fart.com" - fart is the second level domain, the .com is the first level). I mean who doesn't have a freaking second level domain name laying around? Tacky, offensive, and tasteless.
Now ICANN says you can have any .<what ever> extension (but you have to manage it)! Think about it! No more will I be hamstrung by "censors" and "decency". I will have every cockamamie address under my TLD of fart hammer! (or maybe pen island). smug dot farthammer! watchmy dot farthammer! Yeah you could be just that cool!
*SIGH*. Yes Mom... I'll make sure to take it for a walk and feed it and play with it and do EVERYTHING... Pffsst.. puuu-lease ICANN. I am certain I can take care of my own TLD.
Benefits a plenty... like POWER! AUTHORITY!
Wait, what risks? Sure.. there's the non guaranteed cash deposit of $185k... I hope they don't mind mixed bills and change!
Loss of Investment. There is no guarantee you will get the string you applied for. If you do not pass the extensive evaluation process you could lose some or all of your initial investment. As with any new business, getting the operation started does not guarantee that revenues will profitably sustain it.
Is this going to just brutalize the internet, or will ICANN steer away from this lurching at near ludicrous speed? Shit.. it's only six days away from all hell breaking loose!
God.. think of the money you could make running your own TLD... mmmmm... I could like Scrooge McDuck and dive into a vault of change and take a lap.
Any guesses on who will be the first to jump out with a stupid ass TLD? The porn industry? IBM? DIC? Are there any TLD you would snatch up if you had the cash and staff?
- January 12th, 2012 ICANN opens up registration for TLD
- endless dreams
- and then I found five dollars.