The expansion of the internet to new web addresses does not seem like a smooth process. Government agencies are involved and agreement on procedures seem to be fraught with differences of opinion:

“Plans to offer hundreds of new web addresses as alternatives to .com have been criticised by the US government.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees net addresses has floated plans for the radical change to the existing system.”

link: US questions net overhaul plans

This is a huge issue which involves vast sums of money. It is also a matter of control. The government of the United States still wants to maintain as much control of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (Icann) as possible. Other countries view this as an unfair balance of administrative powers over internet development and operations.

Catherine Forsythe