Australian banks, universities set sights on new top-level domains

More than 30 Australian businesses and non-profit organisations have applied for new top-level domains, under a process managed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) which will result in a dramatic expansion of the internet's namespace.

Applicants for the new so-called 'dot word' domain include three of Australia's four banks. ANZ has applied for .anz, NAB has applied for .nab and .ubank, while the Commonwealth Bank applied for three: .netbank, .commbank and .cba.

A number of Australian unversitities also took advantage of the first round of new TLDs: Bond University applied for .bond, LatTrobe University applied for .latrobe, Monash for .monash and RMIT for .rmit. Open Universities Australia applied for .courses and .study.

Broadcaster SBS has applied for .sbs, Australia Post applied for .auspost, AMP applied for .amp, and Telstra applied for .yellowpages. Channel Seven applied for .seven and CPA Australia applied for .cpa. The Australian Cancer Research Foundation applied for .cancerresearch.

Some of the Australian applicants known prior to ICANN's unveiling of the full list of applications last night include .afl (applied for by the AFL), .iinet (ISP iiNet), .physio (applied for by WA physiotherapist Glenn Ruscoe). The NSW and Victorian governments were known to be applying for .sydney and .melbourne.

ANZ Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited
BEST BestTLD Pty Ltd
BOND Bond University
BOOK Global Domain Registry Pty Ltd
CANCERRESEARCH Australian Cancer Research Foundation
CBA Commonwealth Bank of Australia
COMMBANK Commonwealth Bank of Australia
COMPARE iSelect Ltd
COURSES Open Universities Australia
CPA CPA Australia
FILM Motion Picture Domain Registry Pty Ltd
GLOBALX GlobalX Information Services Pty Limited
IINET Connect West Pty. Ltd.
ISELECT iSelect Ltd
KRED KredTLD Pty Ltd
LATROBE La Trobe University
MELBOURNE Victorian state government
MONASH Monash University
MOVIE Motion Picture Domain Registry Pty Ltd
NAB National Australia Bank
NETBANK Commonwealth Bank of Australia
PHYSIO PhysBiz Pty Ltd
RMIT Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
SALON Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network Pty Ltd
SEEK Seek Limited
SELECT iSelect Ltd
SEVEN Seven West Media Ltd
STUDY Open Universities Australia
SYDNEY NSW state government
TAB Tabcorp Holdings Limited
TENNIS Tennis Australia
UBANK National Australia Bank
WEBJET Webjet Limited
WOODSIDE Woodside Petroleum

ICANN also lists International Domain Registry Pty. Ltd. as an Australian/Asia Pacific applicant for the non-Latin script domain ???? (web or network in Arabic according to ICANN).

ICANN is currently proposing to deal with applications in batches of 500, a decision that has been the subject of criticism.

Worldwide, over 10 per cent of the applied for domains have more than one applicant, subjecting them to ICANN's dispute-resolution process.

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