Two-Character

    • 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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  • One and two-letter .at domains coming soon

    … Nic.at will next month start selling .at domains shorter than three character domains for the first time. All one-character and two-character domains will be released, the ccTLD registry said, about 5,000 domains in total. The released domains include those containing any of the 34 non-Latin letters Nic.at supports, it said. Holders…

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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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  • US Congresspeople tell ICANN to ignore GAC “interference”

    … they applied for their gTLDs. However, the GAC’s more recent behavior on the two-letter domain subject has been incoherent and looks much more like meddling. At the ICANN meeting in Los Angeles last October, faced with requests for two-character domains to be released, the GAC issued formal advice saying it was “not in a position to offer consensus…

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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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  • Two-letter domains to be released in new gTLDs

    … New gTLD registries will be able to release all two-character strings in their zones, following an ICANN decision last week. The ICANN board of directors voted on Thursday to instruct ICANN’s executive to develop and implement an efficient procedure for the release of two-character domains currently required to be reserved in the New gTLD…

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  • Governments totally cool with two-letter domains

    … ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee does not plan to advise against the release of two-character domain names in new gTLDs. In fact, judging by a GAC discussion at ICANN 51 in Los Angeles yesterday, the governments of many major nations are totally cool with the idea. Under the standard Registry Agreement for new gTLD registries, all two…

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