More top-level domains will be introduced to the Internet in future, the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has agreed.

These domains are known as sponsored domains. They are for specific community groups, unlike generic domains such as ".com".

Existing sponsored domains include ".museum" and ".coop", which are meant for use by museums and cooperative organizations.

ICANN is considering what domains to offer, having heard several requests for domains last week: the International Air Transport Association (IATA) stated its case for ".travel", the World Health Organization (WHO) lobbied for ".health", Nokia for ".mobile" and a group of Internet companies said it wants ".III" for individuals.

The group has not committed to a schedule for delivering the domains it chooses to activate – it is still rolling out domains, such as .pro, that it agreed to launch in 2000.