NEW YORK (AP) — The head of an Internet oversight agency says hundreds of Internet address suffixes to rival ".com" should be available for people and businesses to use by the end of the year.
Fadi Chehade, CEO of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, says the initial ones are expected in mid-2013 and will likely be in Chinese and other languages besides English.
That will be followed within weeks by English suffixes that do not have competing bidders. Many proposed suffixes, such as ".app," ''.music" and ".tech," will likely take longer, however, because multiple groups have submitted bids to run them and must work out disputes.
Last year, nearly 2,000 businesses and groups submitted bids for about 1,400 different suffixes. ICANN has spent the past year reviewing them.