Amazon gets go-ahead to sell domain names

Amazon.com may soon be selling domain names along with its cache of books, music, clothing and other sundry offerings.

The online retail giant has acquired accreditation as a domain name registrar, an Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) spokeswoman confirmed Monday, allowing it the right to register domains ending in ".com," ".org," ".biz," "info," and ".net."

The Seattle, Washington company quietly gained the accreditation last December 6, but has yet to do anything with it, the spokeswoman said. Amazon has a five-year contract to sell addresses with the five top-level domains (TLDs) to individuals and businesses, yet it is unclear at this point exactly what they plan to do them.

It is unlikely that the company will do nothing, however, given the cost of acquiring accreditation, which requires US$70,000 in capital and $500,000 in general liability insurance. The spokeswoman said that while Amazon was required to submit a business plan to gain accreditation, there were no specific details on how it planned to offer the domains.

The retailer could begin offering the domain names to users as a convenience, adding more stock to its one-stop shop, as well as to its online business partners.

Amazon representatives were not immediately available to comment on the move Monday.

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