Quoted: Senator says that domain dot-sucks

“A gTLD (generic top level domain) like ‘sucks’ has little or no socially redeeming value.”

Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W. Va., and Commerce Committee chairman, in a letter to ICANN, which is accepting applications for website suffixes beyond .com, .org, .us and more. Rockefeller asks what good could come out of approving .sucks besides reinforcing the sentiment that the expansion — to an estimated more than 1,000 new suffixes from the current 20-plus, as Michelle Quinn wrote — is really just a land grab by domain registrars and doesn’t provide real benefits for Internet users. Three companies have already applied for .sucks, according to the Hillicon Valley blog. Rockefeller worries that approving the domain would lead to a “predatory shakedown scheme,” in which brands would have to pay to keep their names from being attached to .sucks.


Photo: ICANN CEO Rod Beckstrom, left, and Kurt Pritz, senior vice president, talk about expanding the number of domain name suffixes during a press conference in London in June 2012. (Associated Press archives)


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  • benmyers

    Doesn’t take much imagination to think that the Koch Brothers will register the domain JayRockefeller.sucks . And maybe I’ll register KochBrothers.sucks , even if it is bad grammar… Ben