Cctlds

    • InternetNZ wants to fire two of its three (!) CEOs

      InternetNZ, the .nz ccTLD operator, is proposing a radical simplification of the organization in order to stay relevant in the age of new gTLDs. A proposal put forward late last week would see the non-profit organization fold its two subsidiaries back into the parent and consolidate management under a single CEO. Currently, InternetNZ owns Domain Name Commission Limited (DNCL), the .

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  • Neustar’s .au deal in peril as Aussies look in-house

    … Australian ccTLD registry auDA is looking at bringing its back-end infrastructure in house, to the possible detriment of Neustar. In a surprise move, auDA said late last month that several months of talks with AusRegistry, aimed at possibly extending its current back-end contract beyond 2018, had failed. AusRegistry has operated .au for auDA…

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  • Belgium domains will be registered in Ireland after cloud move

    … maintenance, executives said. “As AWS sees to the hardware, connectivity etc., DNS Belgium can focus on the layers above, such as the software,” general manager Philip Du Bois said in a press release. Business development manager Lut Goedhuys said that while the system has been moved to the cloud, AWS allows customers to select the data centers where their applications will be stored. DNS Belgium picked Ireland, she said. Tweet Tagged: .be, .cloud, amazon, aws, cctlds, dns belgium …

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  • Get ready for thousands of new two-letter domains

    … release. My sense is that some kind of amendment to Registry Agreements might be required, so we’re probably looking at months before we start seeing two-letter domains being released. Tweet Tagged: cctlds, gac, hyderabad, ICANN, icann 57, new gTLDs, two-character, two-letter …

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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

    … either. It does, however, oblige registries to ban registrants from pretending to be affiliated with the relevant government when they are not. Governments also get to complain, and registries have to investigate, if the relevant domains are causing “confusion”, though registries do not appear to be under a strict obligation to delete or suspend domains. The policy is open for public comment until August here. Tweet Tagged: cctlds, gac, ICANN, new gTLDs, two-character, two-letter …

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  • Norway bans the Dutch from using dormant .bv

    … as “Ltd” or “LLC”. Clearly, there was an opportunity to make a bit of extra pocket money for both registries, had SIDN been allowed to licence the use of the ccTLD, but the government intervention has scuppered all that. SIDN said it had planned to use .bv as “a platform for validated business data”, but that now it will try to implement that idea in .nl instead. Tweet Tagged: .bv, bouvet island, cctlds, norid, sidn …

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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

    … to registrants who “have the required credentials”. The RySG wants ICANN staff to immediately start approving requests that have passed through the comment process. The GAC says it will discuss the matter further at the ICANN 52 meeting currently going on in Singapore. When RySG members raised the topic at a meeting the with ICANN board yesterday…

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  • With Cayman deal, Uniregistry now runs ccTLDs too

    … Uniregistry has got into the ccTLD business, taking over management of the Cayman Islands’ .ky domain this week and planning a relaunch for later this month. Uniregistry, which is based in Cayman, has replaced a US company called SilverSky, now part of BAE Systems, as the official registry for .ky. CEO Frank Schilling told DI that the previous…

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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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