The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees the administration of web domains, will tomorrow decide on a group of new domain names to add to the ubiquitous .com, .net and .org.

Since September, when ICANN consulted with companies interested in managing a domain, over 200 suggested names have been submitted.

This has now been reduced to a shortlist of .biz, .health, .web, .name, .nom, .per, .geo, .museum, .air, .info, .union, .one, .co-op, .event and .post. ICANN’S board will tomorrow vote on which to adopt.

A .biz business domain and a personal web address ending .name, .nom or .per are expected to be approved. However, a .kids domain for children’s sites and a .xxx or .sex address for adult sites were rejected last week.

The backers of the shortlisted names will get a chance to argue their case at the meeting. However, ICANN must choose which company will run the domains, since some have several organisations vying to be central registrar.

The new domains should be operational by the end of June next year. It is hoped they will end the gold rush for web addresses.

News source: BBC Online Business News (UK)