The controversial sale of the .org web domain – used by charities and non-profit organisations – has been set back after months of deliberation.
Public Internet Registry (PIR), which runs the .org domain, was sold in November to private equity firm Ethos Capital for a rumoured $1bn (£800m).
Critics warned that the new owner would try to run .org for profit, costing charities millions.
But the governing body in charge has now rejected the proposed transfer.
One campaign group said the block was a “stunning victory for non-profits”.