Andrew and Kevin both covered the acquisition of the .travel TLD by Donuts, which was announced earlier today. What will Donuts do with it? I suspect they'll try to make it as easy to register a .travel domain name as possible, though they might like to keep some level of "certification". What that'll look like is hard to say and what they'll be able to get out of either … [Read more...] about Donuts Acquires Legacy .Travel Domain Registry
PIR, which runs the .org domain name registry, is currently seeking applicants for positions on their board of directors. There are three positions available, one which starts immediately and two whose terms runs from the middle of 2018. Board positions have a 3 year term. If you're interested the nominations are open until February 1st, with the chosen board members … [Read more...] about PIR Board Seats up for Grabs
RegistrarStats has been around for years. It was one of the better sources of information about domain registry market share, trends and, of course, statistics on registrars. It was. It hasn't been for quite some time. When the site was first made available most, if not all, of the data was available for free. If my memory serves me well the site also offered custom reports, … [Read more...] about RegistrarStats Going Dark
The .wed TLD could end up getting divorced from ICANN. The .wed domain extension has always been a bit of an odd fish. The people behind it were convinced that their business model was viable and that people would want to register .wed domains in very high volumes. Because of this "demand" the registry's pricing model made it prohibitive to register a .wed domain name for … [Read more...] about Will .wed Get Divorced From ICANN?
The situation in Barcelona and the .cat registry is still developing. One of the other gTLD registries based in Spain .eus, which is aimed at the Basque language and culture, has come out in solidarity with .cat. In a letter addressed to ICANN CEO Göran Marby the CEO of .EUS Josu Waliño raises concerns about the handling of .cat by the local authorities and calls on ICANN to … [Read more...] about DotEUS Registry Writes to ICANN in Solidarity with PuntCat