US senator against internet zone that 'sucks' [Star, The (South Africa)]
(Star, The (South Africa) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) WASHINGTON: A high-ranking US senator has urged internet regulators to pull the plug on a proposed online neighbourhood for website addresses ending in ".sucks".
Senator John (Jay) Rockefeller argued in a letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers that such an internet zone aimed to compel companies to buy addresses for the sole purpose of preventing someone from using them.
"I view it as little more |than a predatory shakedown scheme," the Senate commerce committee chairman said in a letter addressed to the head of the internet corporation's board of directors.
Any benefit from such a new generic top-level domain would be far outweighed by |its potential to be used to "defame" individuals, groups and firms, Rockefeller said. - Sapa-AFP
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