SPOTLIGHT

Bond. Dot Bond.

ShortDot SA, the registry behind .icu, announced their acquisition and public launch for .bond. The TLD was originally a .brand TLD, owned by Bond University. ShortDot acquired the TLD earlier this year. The registry will hold a Sunrise phase for eligible trademark holders from October 17, 2019, through November 18, 2019. Domains will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Public general availability begins November 19, 2019. The first 7 calendar days of General Availability comprise the Early Access Program (EAP). Each day of EAP will include an additional Early Access Fee for priority registration during this 7-day period. The fee will change each day, the first day being the highest cost. More information will be announced as it becomes available. If you have questions, or would like to express interest, please contact your Client Service Partner.

Sunrise Extended for .Madrid

The Comunidad de Madrid registry has extended the pre-general availability launch phases for .madrid. The phases, which are currently active and ongoing, will now run until December 10, 2019. This includes the Sunrise Phase and 3 Limited Registration phases that run concurrently. Registration requirements for all phases remain the same. For questions, please contact your Client Service Partner.

Premium Name Extravaganza

GRS Registry has announced that they intend to have a premium price release. The release is expected to begin on October 1st, 2019 and over the course of a couple days, however the Registry has yet to release their full plan. They anticipate to include 16 gTLD’s. CSC will continue working with the Registry and internally to gather more information, ensure domain manager is properly set up, and communicate updates as they become available.

Donuts will be having a premium pricing event that is anticipated to begin at 17:00 UTC November 1st, 2019 this is considered to be the Quiet Phase. Re-Pricing will occur at 18:00 UTC November 1st , the Reporting Phase begins at 17:00 UTC November 2nd and November 5th 17:00 UTC the Domain Release will start. Roughly 250,000 Donuts premium names will drop in price, and over 840,000 premium domains will move to standard pricing. CSC is still actively preparing for this release and will provide more information in the next coming weeks as we continue to work with the registry to become order ready.

The Newest TLD Arrives

Google Registry announced the launch of their latest gTLD, .new. Registration will follow the standard Google policy, which requires domains to have SSL certificates in order for domains to resolve. Google added .new to the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) preload list, which means that secure connections will be required for live sites.

In addition to the standard security requirement, .new domains must be used for “action generation or online creation flows” (Action Domain Requirement). For example, a domain such as domain.new must lead to a site for registering a new domain. Navigation or redirection must lead directly to this action step, unless user credentials are required for login first. The registry is allowing a 100 day grace period following registration to implement the Action Domain Requirement, as long as the domain does not resolve during this time.

The Sunrise phase for eligible trademark holders will begin October 15, 2019, and run through January 14, 2020. Domains will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sunrise applicants will be exempt from the Action Domains Requirement as long as the domain remains registered to the initial Sunrise registrant and the domain does not resolve.

A Limited Registration phase follows the Sunrise phase. The Limited Registration phase runs from January 14, 2020, through July 14, 2020. During this phase, interested applicants must submit their applications with a clearly described intended use case for the domain. Domain allocation during this phase will be at the registry’s discretion.

Domains will be available for general registration at the conclusion of the Limited Registration phase. CSC will continue to provide additional information on the details and requirements for registering a .new domain in each available phase. For more information, or to express interest, please contact your Client Service Partner.

Still Launching

The following TLDs have launch phases (Pre-General Availability) that are currently still in progress. If you are interested in participating in any of these launches, please contact your Client Service Partner.

.basketball

.mt

.bot

.rugby

.madrid

.pa

Launches within 30 days (bold indicates where dates fall within time frame)

Extension Start Date Order Entry Deadline First-come First-served (FCFS) Registry
Sunrise Registration Phase
.New 15-Oct-2019 10-Jan-2020 Yes Google Registry
.Bond 17-Oct-2019 14-Nov-2019 Yes Shortdot SA.
Limited Registration Phase
.Rugby 17-Jan-2018 31-Oct-2019 Yes World Rugby Strategic Developments Limited
.Rugby 5-Nov-2019 4-Nov-2020 Yes World Rugby Strategic Developments Limited
Sunrise Registration Phase (Release of Blocked names)
.Vegas 1-Aug-2019 30-Oct-2019 Yes Dot Vegas, Inc.

The information provided is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice.

Weekly Launch Guide October 14, 2019