TLD release - policy clarification

Posted by Jo Lim on 18 May 2006

TLDs will be released on Sunday 21 May 2006 at 10.00am AEST.

TLDs will be released on a first come, first served basis under normal policy rules and at the normal registry/auDA fee.

The list below shows the TLDs to be released on 21 May 2006, and which corresponding domain names are already registered.

Registrations under the "close and substantial connection" rule

auDA is aware that some people have submitted, or intend to submit, applications for multiple TLDs under the close and substantial connection rule.

In auDA's view it is very difficult, if not impossible, to register multiple TLD domain names for the same reason.

For example, it is not possible to apply for every available TLD and say they will all be used to provide an Internet directory service or information portal. Most TLDs are 2 letter combinations that do not have any dictionary meaning, therefore it is not feasible to say that they will be used for a directory service or information portal.

Also, saying that the TLD domain name is an abbreviation or acronym of the registrant's other domain name does not establish a close and substantial connection. For example, just because a registrant has already registered does not entitle them to register under the close and substantial connection rule.

PLEASE NOTE: auDA will conduct a full audit of all TLD registrations arising from the release on 21 May 2006 to ensure that they are compliant with policy rules. Domain names that have been registered in breach of the policy rules will be deleted.