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.Travel domain name to Launch

.travel will be released on a first-come, first-served basis on 1 January 2006. The domain is currently in the last pre-authentication period, during which applicants can ascertain what domains they are in a position to register from 1 January. After 1 January, businesses in the travel industry will be able to pre-authenticate themselves and apply for a .travel domain immediately afterwards instead of having to wait for the end of the pre-authentication period, as is currently the case.

Place Names (such as cities, heritage sites and national parks) are currently unavailable for registration as .travel domains. Those that have not been reserved by Tralliance, the .travel registry, by 31 December will be released for general registration to eligible entities in early January. Government Authorities will be given priority in registering such names, but other entities will be able to apply for Place Names at http://www.gtld.com, with allocation of successful applications occurring after 31 March.

The Place Names reserved list can be found at http://www.tralliance.info/PlaceNames/index.aspx. For more information on place names policy, please visit http://www.tralliance.info/pna.htm.

December 22, 2005 in 1. Domain Names | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

.XXX Domain Names

A final decision on the future of the .xxx domain, intended to denote adult content, was supposed to be made at the Vancouver ICANN meeting - however the topic was shelved from the agenda. ICANN indicated that more time was needed to review a report on .xxx by its own Governmental Advisory Committee. It is believed that the US government has played a major part in delaying the progress of this domain, after a large numbers of complaints were made to the US Chamber of Commerce when the initial approval of .xxx was announced earlier this year.

December 22, 2005 in 1. Domain Names | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

.org Domain Names

The Public Interest Registry (PIR), the registry for the .ord TLD domain names, recently announced that the number of .org registrations has passed the 4 Million mark.

.org was created in 1984 and has grown to be the third largest generic TLD and the fifth largest TLD including country-codes

December 22, 2005 in 1. Domain Names | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack