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ICANN meets in Columbia, still can’t commit to .xxx

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers– the people responsible for top level domains (think .com, .gov, and .ca)– have thrown about the idea of an extension for pornographic websites for the better part of a decade.  More recently, the proposal has been picking up steam again, with staunch proponents as well as firm opposition.  ICANN seeemd to be moving forward with the extension by officially registering .xxx with the ICM Registry. However, at their recent talks in Columbia it appears that the ICANN can’t commit. It has officially pushed the decision back until Feburary 2011 at the earliest. It took the organization approximately six days and $3 million to come to the conclusion to not come to a conclusion.

For those following the developments and set-backs of .xxx closely, the recent announcement is disappointing, but not at all shocking.  ICANN is under fire from both sides of the fence. There are those that feel the number of pornographic websites warrants their own domain extension, while conversely, there are those who oppose the concept simply on public policy principles. Interestingly enough, a substantial portion of the adult entertainment industry is also opposing the concept; the .xxx domain may be up to six times more expensive to register.