ICANN: The organization tasked with regulating the Web’s domain names — that’s everything to the right of the dot in a URL — released its list detailing who has applied for new Web suffixes Wednesday.
Applicants were heavily concentrated in North America (911), Europe (675) and the Asia-Pacific region (303). There were only 17 applications from Africa, which raised questions at the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers’ event about whether the cost of an application was too high to be equitable.
Looking forward, he said that while ICANN is responsible for setting up the domain names, Web users will ultimately determine the success or failure of each name.
“It’s up to consumers to pick the winners and the losers,” he said. “It’s like the app market on smartphones. Which ones are going to win? The user decides.”
LightSquared reaches agreement: LightSquared has reached an agreement with its lenders that could keep the firm going until September 2013, Bloomberg reported, which could keep the firm from having to liquidate.
As part of the deal, the report said, LightSquared will pay lenders $6.25 million a month.
Broadband deployment: The White House issued an order Wednesday that would require the Department of Transportation to encourage placing broadband infrastructure alongside highway construction.
In a statement, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said, “Efficient use of federal lands and facilities along with prudent planning of new infrastructure projects will promote the expansion of broadband with significant cost savings to the American taxpayer.”
Waxman and fellow California Democrat Rep. Anna Eshoo had previously introduced a bill calling for a “dig once” provision very similar to President Obama’s order Wednesday.
Verizon: Several Democratic representatives urged the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice to closely examine how the proposed deal between Verizon Wireless and Spectrum Co. would affect consumers and competition.
The transaction, the lawmakers said, could have “significant implications” for the communications industry and called on the agencies to see how the deal could affect competition between the telecommunications and cable industries.
Online video: The Justice Department has been investigating cable firms’ limits for streaming Internet video for months, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday, in a wide-ranging probe that could shape the way consumers view videos. The Washington Post reported that the DOJ’s probe is focused on whether it is anti-competitive for Comcast and other cable providers to stream their own Internet video services and not count those applications against monthly data caps for users.