Commerce Committee Wants ICANN to Wait on DNS Expansion

Lora Bentley

According to The Washington Post, the House Commerce Committee has asked the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers to wait before making additional domains available. In a letter to ICANN, the committee expressed concerns that the proposed expansion did not provide necessary protections for copyright holders. They said, in part:

[A] short delay will allow interested parties to work with ICANN and offer changes to alleviate many [concerns], specifically ... law enforcement, cost and transparency.

The letter came a week after several international groups expressed similar concerns with the expansion. Reuters reported the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund and 26 other organizations want ICANN to make sure that measures are in place to prevent misleading use of intergovernmental organization (IGO) names in the new domains.


Law enforcement has suggested the added domains will lead to an increase in fraud.

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