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The National Retail Federation has asked the US Commerce Department to delay implementation of what it calls “a controversial plan to vastly expand Internet domain names, saying retailers and other businesses need more information before moving forward.”

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a non-profit that administers Internet names for the Commerce Department, plans to launch a program in January that would go beyond traditional three-character "top level" domain names such as ".com" and ".org" to include word-length domains such as ".retail" or ".shop" and also allow business names such as ".NationalRetailFederation" to be used.

"The single comment we are hearing most often from retailers is that they wish they had more time," NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. "Whether they're for it or against it, everybody agrees that there has been too much uncertainty around this process. Right now, uncertainty reigns."
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