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.NYC Go Live Scheduled for October 8th, 2014

April 1st, 2014 Comments off

The launch policies for .NYC domain registry were just published by ICANN and they are lengthy.

The “Plan has been developed to describe the Launch Program for the .nyc Top Level Domain (“TLD”) by The City of New York by and through the New York City Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (“Registry Operator”).

Launch Schedule:

The following is a brief overview of each of the periods that will be implemented in launching the TLD.

These periods are described in greater detail in the relevant sections of this document. This Plan is not applicable to General Availability:

.nyc Launch Schedule



Claims Period

Start Date

Start Time UTC

End Date

End Time UTC


45 days


May 5, 2014


June 20, 2014


City Government Affiliated Phase

36 days


June 25, 2014


July 31, 2014


Landrush Period

60 days


August 4, 2014


October 3, 2014


General Availability



October 8, 2013




Although General Availability says it will start on October 8, 2013 they mean 2014.

Registry Operator will offer a 45 day Sunrise Period, specifically in relation to Rights Protection Mechanisms. The Sunrise Period allows trademark holders the ability to secure their trademarks in TLD prior to the City Government Affiliated Phase, Landrush Period and General Availability.

During the Sunrise Period, only SMD File holders (or their agents) are allowed to submit Sunrise Application(s). Successful Sunrise Registration(s) will be allocated to trademark holders after the Sunrise Period ends unless two or more Sunrise
Applicants apply for the same TLD. In that case, the Sunrise Applicants will resolve contentions through an auction process with the Registry Operator’s authorized Auction Provider.

Registry Operator will offer a thirty (30) day City Government Affiliated Phase. This limited registration period will make available certain domain names reserved by New York City to qualified New York City government affiliated agencies, organizations and entities.
All domain name registered during this period shall be registered through an ICANN-Accredited Registrar to registrants that have been validated by the New York City Government to receive such domain names. In addition, all name registered shall be included in ICANN’s mandatory trademark claims process.

For the City Government Affiliated Phase, any name that found on the .nyc SLD block list, found at will be available for registration, but cannot be activated in the DNS until ICANN permits.…

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No Privacy or Proxy Registrations For .NYC New gTLD Domain Names

February 23rd, 2014 Comments off

This week during the Fairwinds Beyond The Dot conference held in Washington, Jeff Neuman of Neustar,  laid out some more interesting information about the new .NYC extension which Neustar will be running in cooperation with the city of New York. covered some basic eligibility a few days ago, including that a registrant be an entity, business or resident who has a physical location in New York.

For one no privacy registrations will be allowed.

Each registration will have to contain the entity, business or resident of New York who actually is at the location and yes Neustar promises to verify each new registration and each domain transfer of a .NYC domain.

Since the registrant will have to match voter records, tax record business filings, drivers licenses and such it seems a virtual address isn’t going to work and privacy is strictly prohibited.

Neustar operates the .US domain name extension which also has a nexus requirement for registrants for a .US domain names and has been known to pull a registration from registrants even if a domain name was purchased in the aftermarket.


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.NYC Expects To Go Live in 1st Half of 2014

October 14th, 2013 Comments off













According to a mailing from the offical site of the .NYC new gTLD domain name extension, the city expects that the .NYC extension will go live in the 1st half of 2014.

“The City of New York will be one of the first cities in the world to be granted its own domain extension by ICANN, the nonprofit organization responsible for overseeing the domain names.

“Approval of .nyc comes as ICANN expands the number of generic top-level domains beyond such extensions as .com, .org and .edu, that currently exist.”

“Since the City’s application for .nyc has been approved by ICANN. We are now in the implementation phase which includes contracting with ICANN, activation of .nyc in the global Internet infrastructure , and then testing.”

“Based on the current status we now expect .nyc to go live in the first half of 2014.”

“.nyc launch activities are likely to begin between April and June 2014.”

According to the site, New York City businesses and organizations with a NYC address, individuals with a primary residence in NYC, as well as those offering products or services to New Yorkers can register a .nyc domain name.

Trademark holders with a NYC address, will be given priority during the application process in order to secure their intellectual property.

You can sign up for the newsletter and updates to .NYC at

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75 Stories Published By Mainstream Media On .NYC in Less Than 24 Hours

July 3rd, 2013 Comments off

Since the city of New York let everyone know yesterday, that their application for .NYC passed ICANN Initial Evaluation (IE), which actually occurred on May 24th,   75 media outlets from the BBC to PC Magazine, to Time Magazine, Cnet, to to, to the, have covered the story with more being added hourly.

We have been telling you for quite a while that the new gTLD program will get more coverage for the domain name industry in the next two years than the coverage the industry has gotten in the last ten years combined.

Image the press that each new city’s new gTLD will receive as they roll out not to mention all the generic and brands.

Each one is going to get covered by newspapers, magazines and of course will be all over the Internet.

When you ask how will people ever learn what they type into their browser on the right of the dot is as important as what the type in to the left of the dot, in good part its going to be all the news coverage each of these new gTLD receive as they roll out.

The announcement in which the city proclaimed would be the first North American city new gTLD to launch is looking for a roll out later this year.

Pricing has not been set.

Neustar (NSR) is managing the .NYC on the cities behalf having won the contract by among other things guaranteeing the city the most money of any other bidders a modest $3.6 million dollars.




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Only 4 US cities applied for as new gTLDs: .NYC, .VEGAS., .MIAMI and .BOSTON

June 13th, 2012 Comments off

Surprisingly, only 4 USA cities may become available as their own top-level domains. Dot Boston has been applied for by The Boston Globe Newspaper Company Inc. City of New York wants .NYC. Top Level Domain Holdings applied for .MIAMI, assuming on behalf of the city of Miami, and .VEGAS has been applied for by Dot Vegas Inc.

US Geographical TLD Applications

There are many more European and Asian cities being applied for their own domain extensions, than there is for USA it seems. This new information was revealed earlier this morning during ICANN’s press event in London, UK. These city virtual spaces are classified as “Geographic” TLD applications by ICANN.

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Neustar to provide registry services for up to 358 new gTLDs

June 11th, 2012 Comments off

Neustar Inc (NYSE: NSR) has announced that it has been selected as the registry services provider for 358 applicants for new generic Top-Level domains (gTLDs). Additionally, Neustar has been selected by the City of New York as the official registry service provider to manage the application process and operate .nyc. Neustar currently provides domain registry services to over 5.7 million domains in various gTLD’s and ccTLD’s, according to it’s website. That number will surely increase quickly once the new domain extensions start going live.

Alex Berry, senior vice president, Enterprise Services at Neustar says: “Neustar is proud to serve as the registry partner for those looking to bring innovation and choice to the Internet with new gTLDs… We’re looking forward to working with many of the world’s largest brands and companies applying for extensions that will intuitively enhance navigation on the Internet.”

It was recently announced by the City of New York that Neustar has been selected as the registry partner to manage the application process and operate the dot NYC (.NYC) new extension. The introduction of .nyc will create a way for New York City businesses, organizations and citizens to identify themselves as being located in the City of New York, or to promote services or content serving New Yorkers, according to the press release.

Neustar’s  domain name registry services operates the global registry for .us and .biz; in addition, it provides back-end registry services for .co, .tel and .travel, gateway services to country code top level domains (ccTLDs) such as .cn and .tw, internationalized domain names (IDNs), and full registry services to new top level domains. Neustar’s registry is connected to over 250 domain name registrars worldwide.


Neustar created a separate site — dotYOU, to market and educate about new gTLD’s. It looks like things worked out really well for Neustar at the end, getting them 358 contracts which will surely generate them a whole lot of money in the years to come.

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New York Said To Be Guaranteed $3.6 Million For .NYC TLD

March 21st, 2012 Comments off

According to an article in the New York Times, the city of New York is on the verge of making a deal with a “Virgina based company” that would apply for and operate the gTLD .NYC.

According to the story the city would be guaranteed a to received $3.6 Million over the first 5 years.

“The Virgina based company would pay all costs of the application and the operation of the registry.”

The .NYC registry for the city of New York would be in my opinion a very popular extension and should depending on price, marketing and other factors be highly profitable maybe one of the most profitable of all the new gTLD’s.

While the story does not mention the company, its worth mentioning that Verisign is headquartered in Virgina and for that matter so is Neustar.…

New York Is Excited About The New gTLD’s & It’s Upcoming .NYC Extension

June 22nd, 2011 Comments off
The city of New York put out a press release on the new gTLD’s and clearly are excited about the prospects of their soon being a .NYC


“”Today, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ( ICANN ) announced it will dramatically expand its domain offerings and will begin accepting applications for new domains in January 2012.  Once approved, this will allow for the addition of a dot New York City suffix that will be operated by a private vendor and be made available to New York City businesses and residents.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity for the New York City establishments that will now be able to secure their online presence with a top-level domain name, and for the City of New York, which will benefit from the millions of dollars in revenue dot NYC will generate.”

“When I first proposed launching a New York City specific domain in my State of the City two years ago, it was because I saw the enormous potential for New York City businesses to carve out a place of their own on the Internet.”

“With ICANN’s support, and the hard work of Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications Commissioner Carole Post, New York City Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne and former and present chairs of the Committee on Technology, Council Members Gale Brewer and Fernando Cabrera, today that potential has been realized.”

“I applaud ICANN’s decision to increase the availability of new domains, and in doing so, allow New York City businesses the freedom to take control of their Internet presence.”

“Dot NYC will reflect the locality that defines New York City and makes our vendors one of a kind. I look forward to working with the DoIT to find a suitable operator to help administer dot NYC.”

City Council Member Gale Brewer:

“Today’s decision by ICANN opens the doors for New York City, like many of our global competitors, to apply for a top-level domain name. I applaud the efforts of those advocating for a domain name to ensure that local small businesses and merchants based in New York City are able to brand themselves as such. The small business community is a vital part of the New York City economy and any opportunity to increase their exposure while facilitating easy searching online is a smart step forward.”


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DomainFest NYC 2010 Live Auction Results

August 18th, 2010 Comments off

We will be were live blogging the auction results of the auctions at the DomainFEST Power Networking Day in New York City. As always we do not guarantee the accuracy of these results. Unsold names will be included in the Extended Silent Auction which will run for the next 7 days until August 25, 2010, Wed at 3:15pm ET (12:15pm PT).

According to our unofficial tally, the live auction sold 35 domains for a total of $4,789,400, but once again some of the domains shown on the Snapnames auction interface were marked as sold despite bids under the reserve range. At the end of the auction Monte stated that the sales total was $1,8m USD. The official results from are here.

You can see the live blogged results after the jump.

Please note that we reported the results as shown by the Snapnames Online Bidding system, which displayed some domain names selling well under their reserve range.

Lot #Domain NameReserve RangeStatusPrice
10Opticians.netNo ReserveSOLD$2,800$5,001 - $10,000SOLD$5,100$10,001 - $25,000SOLD$12,500$10,001 - $25,000pass$1001-$2500SOLD$1,700$50,001 - $100,000SOLD$50,000$10,001 - $25,000pass$25,001 - $50,000pass$10,001 - $25,000pass$100,001 - $250,000pass$100,001 - $250,000pass$25,001 - $50,000SOLD$25,000$501-$1000SOLD$1,500$10,001 - $25,000pass$100,001 - $250,000SOLD$200,000$1MM - $5MMSOLD$750,000$1001-$2500SOLD$7,000$100,001 - $250,000SOLD$130,000$25,001 - $50,000SOLD$45,000$50,001 - $100,000SOLD$40,000$1001-$2500pass$250,001 - $500,000pass$1001-$2500SOLD$1,500$250,001 - $500,000pass$5,001 - $10,000pass$25,001 - $50,000pass$10,001 - $25,000pass$10,001 - $25,000pass$750,001 - $1MMpass$10,001 - $25,000pass$1MM - $5MMpass$25,001 - $50,000pass$1MM - $5MMpass$500,001 - $750,000pass$25,001 - $50,000pass$1MM - $5MMpass$50,001 - $100,000SOLD$65,000$50,001 - $100,000pass$1MM - $5MMpass$1MM - $5MMpass
410ChiantiWine.comNo ReserveSOLD$3,000$1MM - $5MMpass$1001-$2500SOLD$2,250$500,001 - $750,000pass$10,001 - $25,000SOLD$32,500$250,001 - $500,000pass$50,001 - $100,000SOLD$40,000$100,001 - $250,000pass$100,001 - $250,000pass$10,001 - $25,000pass$25,001 - $50,000pass$25,001 - $50,000pass$5MM and uppass$250,001 - $500,000pass$50,001 - $100,000pass
560JerseyShores.orgNo ReserveSOLD$300$50,001 - $100,000SOLD$70,000
580ConeyIsland.netNo ReserveSOLD$1,750$50,001 - $100,000pass$10,001 - $25,000pass$5MM and uppass$100,001 - $250,000SOLD$125,000$250,001 - $500,000pass$100,001 - $250,000pass$50,001 - $100,000pass$100,001 - $250,000SOLD$250,000$50,001 - $100,000pass$5,001 - $10,000SOLD$6,000$50,001 - $100,000pass$1MM - $5MMSOLD$1,500,000$5,001 - $10,000pass$50,001 - $100,000pass$100,001 - $250,000pass$50,001 - $100,000pass$1MM - $5MMpass$10,001 - $25,000pass$1001-$2500SOLD$1,500$50,001 - $100,000pass$25,001 - $50,000pass$50,001 - $100,000pass$100,001 - $250,000pass$50,001 - $100,000pass$250,001 - $500,000pass$25,001 - $50,000SOLD$35,000$250,001 - $500,000pass$250,001 - $500,000pass$100,001 - $250,000pass$500,001 - $750,000SOLD$250,000$500,001 - $750,000pass$10,001 - $25,000SOLD$20,000$500,001 - $750,000SOLD$350,000$25,001 - $50,000SOLD$25,000$50,001 - $100,000pass$250,001 - $500,000SOLD$300,000$250,001 - $500,000pass$250,001 - $500,000pass$50,001 - $100,000SOLD$50,000$10,001 - $25,000pass$100,001 - $250,000pass$25,001 - $50,000pass$10,001 - $25,000pass$10,001 - $25,000SOLD$15,000$50,001 - $100,000SOLD$50,000$5,001 - $10,000pass$25,001 - $50,000pass$1MM - $5MMpass$10,001 - $25,000SOLD$10,000$750,001 - $1MMpass$10,001 - $25,000pass$750,001 - $1MMpass$250,001 - $500,000pass$500,001 - $750,000SOLD$300,000$50,001 - $100,000pass$100,001 - $250,000pass$50,001 - $100,000pass$100,001 - $250,000pass$50,001 - $100,000pass$250,001 - $500,000pass$100,001 - $250,000pass$250,001 - $500,000pass$10,001 - $25,000SOLD$15,000$250,001 - $500,000removed

(c) 2010

Upcoming Domain Industry Events, Conferences & Auctions

DomainFest One-Day Events Coming to Florida and NYC

March 25th, 2010 Comments off

DomainSponsor’s DOMAINfest brand is now also adding networking events to their busy schedule of events. Besides  DOMAINfest Global which was held in January in Santa Monica and DOMAINfest Europe in Prague in October, the company is now introducing two one-day networking events in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and New York City, NY.

The one-day events will be held on May 13, 2010 at the W Hotel in Fort Lauderdale and on August 18, 2010 at the Grand Hyatt in midtown Manhattan, immediately following the Affiliate Summit East conference.

The events will feature subject-matter experts invited to facilitate free-flowing power networking  sessions that will kick off each event from 1:30 pm to 3:30pm EDT. Moniker will conduct a live auction of premium names from 4:00 to 7:00 PM EDT, followed by a private dinner party hosted by DomainSponsor.

Registration for both Power Networking events will be available online at on Monday, April 12, 2010.  The registration fee will be $175 per event.

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