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Launch of New Top Level Internet Domain Names

Launch of New Top Level Internet Domain Names
Press Release
LawDownUnder Ltd

Big wake up call for all business owners, politicians, communities, and bloggers. Hundreds of new domain name extensions are about to be released to the general public. This will change the Internet landscape drastically since it will significantly extend the domain name choices beyond current non-descriptive offerings, such as .COM, .ORG, or .NET.

Currently, there are more than 143,764,550 domain names registered ending with .COM, .ORG, .NET, and .INFO. The .COM top level domain is by far the most popular one (78% or 112,251,620 registrations). A greater variety of domain name extensions are desperately needed as new business owners find it increasingly difficult to secure short and memorable .COM domain names.

The new domain name extensions are set to give Internet users more choice in shaping their Internet identity. After all, the Internet is what sets businesses apart in this knowledge economy.

A plumber might want to register: www.wellington.PLUMBING, a gallery www.art.GALLERY, a bike store www.bespoke.BIKE, and a winery might be interested in registering www.plonk.ESTATE.

ICANN, the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, has launched the first wave of generic top-level domains (gTLDs). Trademark owners can register their trademarks with the ICANN Trademark Clearinghouse during a 30 day sunrise period. The sunrise period allows trademark owners to register corresponding domain names before registration is offered to the general public. Some domain registrars are already allowing users to pre-register their interest in a number of gTLDs.

After the 30 day sunrise period the registration of domains ending with for instance .CONSTRUCTION, .SHOES, or .TECHNOLOGY are open to the public.

The sunrise period for .BIKE, .PLUMBING, .CLOTHING, .SINGLES, .GURU, .VENTURES, and .HOLDINGS ends on 25 January 2014. From 29 January 2014 the new top level domains are available to the general public.

Relevant release dates can be accessed here.


Below is a list of the upcoming release date.

New top level domain Sunrise period starts Sunrise period ends Open for general public
.bike 26.11.2013 25.01.2014 29.01.2014
.plumbing 26.11.2013 25.01.2014 29.01.2014
.clothing 26.11.2013 25.01.2014 29.01.2014
.singles 26.11.2013 25.01.2014 29.01.2014
.guru 26.11.2013 25.01.2014 29.01.2014
.ventures 26.11.2013 25.01.2014 29.01.2014
.holdings 26.11.2013 25.01.2014 29.01.2014
.photography 03.12.2013 01.02.2014 05.02.2014
.graphics 03.12.2013 01.02.2014 05.02.2014
.lighting 03.12.2013 01.02.2014 05.02.2014
.camera 03.12.2013 01.02.2014 05.02.2014
.estate 03.12.2013 01.02.2014 05.02.2014
.gallery 03.12.2013 01.02.2014 05.02.2014
.equipment 03.12.2013 01.02.2014 05.02.2014
.uno 09.12.2013 07.02.2014 12.02.2014
.menu 09.12.2013 07.02.2014 12.02.2014
.land 10.12.2013 08.02.2014 12.02.2014
.directory 10.12.2013 08.02.2014 12.02.2014
.today 10.12.2013 08.02.2014 12.02.2014
.contractors 10.12.2013 08.02.2014 12.02.2014
.technology 10.12.2013 08.02.2014 12.02.2014
.construction 10.12.2013 08.02.2014 12.02.2014
.kitchen 10.12.2013 08.02.2014 12.02.2014
.today 11.12.2013 09.02.2014 12.02.2014
.enterprises 17.12.2013 14.02.2014 19.02.2019
.diamonds 17.12.2013 15.02.2014 19.02.2019
.voyage 17.12.2013 15.02.2014 19.02.2019
.tips 17.12.2013 15.02.2014 19.02.2019
.photos 24.12.2013 22.02.2014 26.02.2019
.shoes 24.12.2013 22.02.2014 26.02.2019
.careers 24.12.2013 22.02.2014 26.02.2019
.recipes 24.12.2013 22.02.2014 26.02.2019
.limo 31.12.2013 01.03.2014 05.03.2014
.cab 31.12.2013 01.03.2014 05.03.2014
.company 31.12.2013 08.03.2014 12.03.2014
.domains 31.12.2013 01.03.2014 05.03.2014
.systems 07.01.2014 08.03.2014 12.03.2014
.academy 07.01.2014 08.02.2014 12.03.2014
.management 07.01.2014 08.03.2014 12.03.2014
.center 07.01.2014 08.03.2014 12.03.2014
.computer 07.01.2014 08.03.2014 12.03.2014
.training 14.01.2014 15.03.2014 19.03.2014
.solutions 14.01.2014 15.03.2014 19.03.2014
.support 14.01.2014 15.03.2014 19.03.2014
.builders 14.01.2014 15.03.2014 19.03.2014
.email 14.01.2014 15.03.2014 19.03.2014
.institute 21.01.2014 22.03.2014 26.03.2014
.repair 21.01.2014 22.03.2014 26.03.2014
.camp 21.01.2014 22.03.2014 26.03.2014
.glass 21.01.2014 22.03.2014 26.03.2014
.solar 28.01.2014 29.03.2014 02.04.2013
.coffee 28.01.2014 29.03.2014 02.04.2013
.international 28.01.2014 29.03.2014 02.04.2013
.house 28.01.2014 29.03.2014 02.04.2013
.florist 28.01.2014 29.03.2014 02.04.2013

© Bianca Mueller, LL.M., LawDownUnder Ltd.

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