ICANN Approves .XXX Adult Domains

June 2nd 2005 | General

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has approved a proposal to create net domains ending with .xxx, reversing an earlier decisions to block it over fears that it would be ineffective and controversial. The decision by the internet’s primary oversight body to approve the .xxx domain comes five years after the idea was first proposed:

BBC News – The .xxx domain is the latest sponsored domain to win approval. Icann is now negotiating with ICM Registry, backers of the .xxx plan, on how the new net destination will be funded and run. Moving to the .xxx domain will be entirely voluntary but ICM said that some p0rn0graphers have expressed support for the idea.

Business Week – ICM contends the “xxx” Web addresses, which it plans to sell for $60 a year, will protect children from online smut if adult sites voluntarily adopt the suffix so filtering software used by families can more effectively block access to those sites. The $60 price is roughly ten times higher than prices other companies charge for dot-com names.

ICANN Approves .XXX Adult Domains
Published in: General on 2005-06-02