- The Internet Society, a group of 11,000 engineers and other networking experts known familiarly as ISOC, won final approval from a domain-name regulator that had sought bids to manage the Internet’s fifth-largest domain.
“The board voted to go with ISOC,” said Mary Hewitt, spokeswoman for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, which chose the Internet Society after a heated, months-long competition that drew bids from 11 different groups.
Longtime domain manager VeriSign Inc. agreed to give up .org last year as part of a deal that allowed it to hold on to .com, which at 21.2 million names remains the most popular domain on the Internet.
ICANN said the Internet Society was a front-runner back in August and the nonprofit group has already made preparations to take over the domain in January. The group said last week that it had set up an oversight board and begun technical preparations to ensure a smooth transition.
While the domain will be marketed to nonprofits, others will not be prohibited from registering .org names.
Dot-org, at 2.3 million names, is currently the fifth most popular domain, behind .com, .net, Germany’s .de and the United Kingdom’s .uk.