updated 4/8/2005 2:33:16 PM ET 2005-04-08T18:33:16

The Internet's key oversight agency gave final approval Friday to two new Internet suffixes: ".jobs" for the human resources community and ".travel" for the travel industry.

It could take months, though, for the domain names to start appearing in use, as companies running those names now must set up registration and other procedures.

Approval came as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ended meetings in Argentina. ICANN staff has spent the past few months negotiating contracts with the companies following the board's preliminary approval of those names last year.

Negotiations continue on two other names already given preliminary approval: ".post" for postal services and ".mobi" targeting mobile services.

The board did not yet act on a contract to run the ".net" directories beyond June 30. An outside company had recommended that VeriSign Inc. be given a six-year extension.

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