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Internet agency terminates much-criticized system

Thursday - 6/28/2012, 1:48pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) - The organization in charge of creating additional Internet address suffixes to rival ".com" is killing a much-criticized Web-based system set up to help decide the order in which it will review proposals.

Participants complained that the system, described as digital archery, was overly complicated. And the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers had to suspend the system after finding "unexpected results."

ICANN has received 1,930 proposals for 1,409 different domain name suffixes, including ".love," ".google" and ".music." It will be the largest expansion of the Internet address system since its creation in the 1980s.

An ICANN committee decided digital archery should be terminated because of the objections and the technical issues. ICANN did not say what would take its place. The decision was made Wednesday in Prague.


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