An article from the Sydney Morning Herald highlights a potential for conflict on domains under the new ICAAN gTLD program or “dot anything”, by cities bearing the same names.
Australian cities Sydney and Melbourne are given as examples – there is also a Melbourne Florida, and Sydney Nova Scotia, whom could also contend for the .sydney or .melbourne extensions when the program launches.
A PC Mag article cites a possible $185,000 price tag, proposed by ICAAN in 2008.
It may be difficult for a Canadian municipality to justify the cost of this new extension, given that most already have their own .ca domain. These were reserved for their specific use by CIRA, the authority that governs the .ca extension.
Many countries, particularly those which had an early British presence, may have cities that share the same name as others – Other Canadian cities that come to mind include Victoria, London, and Kingston.