Obama administration mum as .xxx nears approval

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The porn industry is about to get .xxx as its own .com — and after years of protests by the Bush administration, the Obama administration is standing on the sidelines as it happens.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit California corporation that oversees the creation of top-level domain names like .com, .net and .biz, is expected to approve the .xxx domain on March 18. The move would cap a struggle that began in 2005 when a Florida company called ICM Registry applied to introduce .xxx as a new suffix for the adult-entertainment industry. Religious groups protested with a letter-writing campaign, and the Bush administration urged ICANN to hold off.


Obama administration mum as .xxx nears approval