New Top-Level DomainsOn November 16, 2000 The board of directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, (ICANN) announced its selections for registry operators for new top level domains. The applications selected for further negotiation are the following:
The ICANN staff will now work through the end of the year to negoti-ate registry agreements with the applicants selected. The proposed schedule for completion of negotiations is December 31, 2000. The negotiated registry agreements must then be approved by the board of directors. Following that approval, the ICANN board will forward its recommendations to the U.S. Department of Commerce for implementation. For more on the history of ICANN?s new TLD application process, please see http://www.icann.org/tlds/ Multimedia archives of the annual meeting can be reviewed at http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/icann/la2000/
ICANN is a technical coordination body for the Internet. Created in Oc-tober 1998 by a broad coalition of the Internet?s business, technical, academic, and user communities, ICANN is assuming responsibility for a set of technical functions previously performed under U.S. government contract by IANA and other groups. Specifically, ICANN coordinates the assignment of the following identifiers that must be globally unique for the Internet to function: Internet domain names, Internet Protocol address numbers, and protocol parameter and port numbers. In addition, ICANN coordinates the stable operation of the Internet?s root server system. As a non-profit, private-sector corporation, ICANN is dedicated to preserving the operational stability of the Internet; to promoting competition; to achieving broad representation of global Internet communities; and to developing policy through private-sector, bottom-up, consensus-based means. ICANN welcomes the participation of any interested Internet user, business, or organization. See http://www.icann.orgISOC Launches Platinum Membership Level
The Internet Society (ISOC) is pleased to announce its Platinum Sponsorship Program, The Platinum program, which is in addition to and distinct from ISOC?s standard organizational membership categories, provides interested organizations with the ability to designate support for specific areas of ISOC?s work.
The initial participants, who also helped define the program, included Cisco, IBM, Microsoft, Nortel, RIPE NCC and SoftComca.com. AP-NIC has since joined the list of Platinum sponsors. Platinum level sponsors contribute $100,000 annually, with non-profit organizations eligible for funding at half that amount.
The Platinum program was initially developed to bolster support for the standards activities of ISOC, specifically ISOC?s support of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Recently the program was expanded beyond Standards to include the three remaining areas of ISOC activities: Education & Training, Public Policy, and Member Services. As a result, participants in the Platinum program can now earmark their contribution for any of these four functional areas, or choose to allocate support for multiple areas, should they so desire.
ISOC is dependent upon individual and organizational members for its funding. ISOC believes that allowing contributors to designate where their money will be spent through the Platinum program enhances the Society?s ability to undertake activities in these four areas, and, at the same time, provides an attractive support option for many organizations. ISOC will provide a report on the use of funds to each Platinum-Level sponsor at the end of each year. More information on the Platinum-Level Support Program can be found at: http://www.isoc.org/isoc/membership/platinum.shtml100 Million Internet Hosts
The Internet reached 100,000,000 hosts on 2 November 2000, according to John S. Quarterman, founder of Matrix.Net, a provider of Internet performance, measurement and intelligence. From its humble beginnings of 4 sites in the western United States in December 1969, the Internet has now reached over 150 countries and is nearly pole to pole. ?This is an impressive achievement,? said Quarterman. ?We have been tracking the growth and development of the Internet for this entire decade. If this kind of growth continues, we will hit 1,000,000,000 hosts in 2006.
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