Cctlds

    • Get ready for thousands of new two-letter domains

      New gTLD registry operators have been given the right to start selling two-letter domains that match country codes. Potentially thousands of names could start being released next year, resulting in a windfall for registries and possible opportunities for investors. Some governments, however, appear to be unhappy with the move and how ICANN’s board of directors reached its decision.

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  • “Ditch .com!” government to tell Indians

    … as saying the campaign will play up to nationalist sentiments The government wants to grow .in from about 2.1 million domains to 3 million domains by March next year, it said. Prices could come down to the $2 to $3 range, the paper said. The campaign is due to start in a month or so, it was reported. Tweet Tagged: .com, .in, cctlds, india …

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  • Buy it or lose it? Governments could get first dibs on two-letter domains

    … Period would be limited to those companies or government entities in charge of matching ccTLDs. The measures are outlined in “Proposed Measures for Letter/Letter Two-Character ASCII Labels to Avoid Confusion with Corresponding Country Codes” (pdf), published by ICANN late last week. The surprisingly succinct document outlines three things new…

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  • Norway bans the Dutch from using dormant .bv

    … The Norwegian government has intervened to prevent a deal that would have allowed the sale of .bv domain names in the Netherlands. Norwegian ccTLD registry Norid and Dutch counterpart SIDN said a deal to start using the dormant ccTLD fell apart after the government exercised its right of veto under Norway’s domain regulations. .bv represents…

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  • TLD to be removed from the DNS next week

    … and the Dutch government. Three territories making up the former Dutch colony — Sint Maarten, Curaçao, and Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba — gained autonomy in 2010, qualifying them for their own ccTLDs. They were granted .sx, .cw and .bq respectively. While the first two are live, .bq has not yet been delegated, though the Dutch government says…

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  • Bulgaria looking for an IDN registry operator

    … The Bulgarian government is looking for a company to run the registry for its recently awarded .бг internationalized domain name. .бг is the Cyrillic equivalent of .bg, the nation’s existing ccTLD. After a tortuous battle through ICANN’s IDN ccTLD Fast Track process — where it was repeatedly rejected for looking too much like Brazil’s .br…

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  • .so leaves GMO for local provider, hikes prices

    … The Somalian government has switched registry provider for its .so ccTLD from GMO Registry to soNIC, apparently a local provider. The IANA records for .so were updated yesterday to indicate that Mogadishu-based soNIC is now the technical contact. According to the current GMO-managed registry web site, new registrations were halted June 9…

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  • Anger as governments delay two-letter domains

    … or it.example, may cause confusion with existing ccTLDs. But the GAC itself was unable to find a consensus against the release of two-letter domains when it discussed the issue back in October. It merely asked for comment periods to allow individual governments to object to specific domains. So ICANN’s board asked staff to create an “efficient procedure…

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  • With Cayman deal, Uniregistry now runs ccTLDs too

    …, and is talking to other ccTLDs as well, Schilling said. Related posts: Uniregistry not happy about Donuts-Tucows deal First new gTLD contention set settled as Uniregistry and TLDH sign deal Uniregistry plans “dot-spanning” Sunrise periods and anti-gaming protection …

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  • New ccTLDs may have to block name collisions

    … ICANN is thinking about expanding its controversial policy on name collisions from new gTLDs to new ccTLDs. The country code Names Supporting Organization has been put on notice (pdf) that ICANN’s board of directors plans to pass a resolution on the matter shortly. The resolution would call on the ccNSO to “undertake a study to understand…

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  • Judge blocks seizure of Iran’s ccTLD

    … ICANN has won a court battle, and avoided a major political incident, over an attempt by terrorism victims to seize ccTLDs belonging to Iran, Korea and Syria. A District of Columbia judge ruled this week that while ccTLDs may be a form of “property” under the law, they’re not “attachable” property. Attachment is a legal concept used when…

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  • ccTLD anger over IANA group “capture”

    … Operators of dozens of ccTLDs are said to be furious that they don’t have representation on the group coordinating the transition of the IANA functions from US oversight. The IANA Stewardship Transition Coordination Group (ICG) has been “captured” by members of ICANN’s country-code Names Supporting Organization, which does not represent all…

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