2009 has come and gone, and it seems that it has been the death to some websites. There is a list of 15 websites that have died in 2009. These can be seen at http://news.cnet.com/2300-27076_3-10002066.html. Although, I am pretty sure there are more that should be added to this list.
Nevertheless, I look forward to the future of the Internet. Dot com is a well known top-level domain. Although, it seems that there will be many more new ones on their way. If one looks at the Registry at http://forms.icann.org//idashboard/public/, one will find that there are currently 14 top-level domains competing with dot com. This number should increase in the near future.
Unfortunately, I do not think that any TLD will be able to beat dot com in popularity. Dot com is a name brand that currently has more registered domains than all the others combined. Who is dot com? Visit http://dotcom.tel for it’s contact information.
Information about purchasing a TLD can be seen at http://aprivatebeach.com/blog/2009/04/register-a-top-level-domaintld-name/