Quick Poll: Which New gTLD Will Be The 1st To Hit 100K Registrations?

As of today there are over 414,000 new gTLD domain names registered.

.Guru is still leading the pack with over 47,000 registrations and is growing at the rate of 75-100 domains a day.

.Berlin is safely in second place for now, with  43K registrations and .Photography just topped 30K registrations.

The question we have today is a simple one which new gTLD will hit 100,000 registrations first.

We have included the three top new gTLD’s to date and have included some other what we consider likely choices.

We will even give you the option to pick none.

You can vote on the right side of the site and for bragging rights or to make a pick we didn’t select, feel free to comment.

Keep in mind that ICANN Last Resort Auctions first start in June and many of the “better” new gTLD’s are tied up in contention and ICANN Last resort Auctions are not scheduled to be completed this year.

So although you might think .web is the right answer it may not be out for another year art which point another extension would have hit 100K in registrations.

Here are your choices:
















(Dot Chinese Online)






Other New gTLD Not Mentioned

You can vote on the right and leave comments below


So Far Only Three Major 4 Year Colleges Have Registered a .Education Domain

The new gTLD .Education opens up for live registrations on April 2nd but of course had a Sunrise period early for trademark holders and its in the final day of the Early Access Program.

Going through the zone file I only found only  three what you would consider major, 4 year brick and mortar universities that applied for a .Education domain;

Arizona State University registered  ArizonaState.education,  ArizonaStateuniversity.education, Sundevil.education and  Sundevils.education.

Auburn University registered AuburnUniversity.education (Auburn.Education is reserved or on the ICANN blocked list)

The University of Colorado registered UniversityofColorado.education (Colorado.education  is reserved or on the ICANN blocked list)

I found three more 4 year colleges that registered a .education domain;

Davidson College which is located in North Carolina registered Davidson.education and DavidsonCollege.education

Lake Michigan College  registered the domain name LakeMichiganCollege.education

Northwestern Christian University whose current site is nwcu.edu registered NorthwesternChristianUniversity.education

The University of South Australia registered the Universityofsouthaustralia.education.

There were a few registrations from online universities and education programs including;






Several community colleges got an .education domain including:









Although not schools I did see a couple of interesting registrations:

MayoClinic.education was registered to the very famous hospital

YMCA.education was registered by the organization not the Village People

The domain names, Book.education and Books.education were registered yesterday on EAP 4 by Domain Licenses Limited of London who used brand protection company and registrar comlaude.co.uk

Of course there is a .edu domain for accredited institutions which has been around as long as .com.  .Edu is shorter and of course has been used for over 25 years so I think .education would be most valuable to a generic buyer.

Kim Dot Com Forms Political Party in New Zealand


According to begeek.fr, Kim Dotcom , has launched a political party in New Zealand  in time for  New Zealand’s general election in September.

The name of the party is The Internet Party.

Arrested in January 2012 after a massive raid by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI, Kim Dotcom is currently on bail in New Zealand .

Kim Dot Com whose real name is Kim Shmitz according to the story Kim Dot Com,  formed the party to “fight for the freedom of the internet and technology , respect for privacy and political reforms”.

Dotcom’s Internet Party promises free high-speed internet, a high-tech job boom, restricted government surveillance and a review of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement as part of its political platform.

A political party for those who are concerned about the digital future

The Party addresses “citizens who have never voted before, who were disappointed by the vote or who do not like the current selection ” , it is intended to “those who concerned about the digital future and want an open , free and fair society “.

It does not appear that Kim Dot Com owns the domain name theinternetparty.com or Internetparty.com

According to RT.com, to enter the NZ parliament, the Internet Party would have to clinch an electoral seat or cross the 5 percent electoral threshold to find representation in the 120-member body.


1st URS Filed On a .UNO Domain, Aeropostale.uno Leads The Weekly URS Report

The first URS has been filed on a .Uno domain name .

.Uno just launched this week.

The clothing maker Aeropostale filed a URS against the domain name Aeropostale.Uno which was just registered on the 21st of March

We figured we might as well scheuldue every Friday afternoon a URS weekly report

So A few other URS were filed or decided over the last few days including bbva.careers and bbva.ventures which are both now suspended after A URS was filed by Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.

The domain lidl.land was suspended after a URS was filed by Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG

Guess, which is a big Clothing an Jeans designer apparently did spent the money to register Guess.Clothing which is right up their wheel house and resulted in another URS filing.

Guess also filed a UDRP on the domain name Guessonline.com

The equipment maker Stihl filed a URS on the domain name  stihl.equipment

Ripoffreport.company also got hit with a URS filing.

Richard Branson’s company got the domain name virginaustralia.holdings suspended.

Although not a new gTLD, a UDRP was filed on the domain name GoAlamo.name today

ICANN Acts: .VG; .ZM; Collision Issue, Approves Studies For 2 Round; Get’s Ready For US Exit

ICANN Board passed some resolutions last night on the last day of the ICANN Meeting in Singapore:

1.  ICANN re-delegate the .VG country-code top-level domain to the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of the British Virgin Islands.

You might remember there was a “dispute within AdamsNames Ltd., the listed technical contact for .VG which is currently responsible for operating the name servers for the registry. The dispute raised concerns over the stability of the domain as well as over the pricing for registration of second-level domains under .VG.”

2. ICANN delegated the .ZM country-code top-level domain to the Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority

3.  On the Collision issue the ICANN Board made several resolutions including getting a final report on collision from the author of the report by May 2014

Recommendation 1: ICANN should work with the wider Internet community, including at least the IAB and the IETF, to identify (1) what strings are appropriate to reserve for private namespace use and (2) what type of private namespace use is appropriate (i.e., at the domain top-level only or at any additional lower level).


Recommendation 2: ICANN should explicitly consider the following questions regarding trial delegation and clearly articulate what choices have been made and why as part of its decision as to whether or not to delegate any TLD on a trial basis:


  • Purpose of the trial: What type of trial is to be conducted? What data are to be collected?
  • Operation of the trial: Should ICANN (or a designated agent) operate the trial or should the applicant operate it?
  • Emergency Rollback: What are the emergency rollback decision and execution procedures for any delegation in the root, and have the root zone partners exercised these capabilities?
  • Termination of the trial: What are the criteria for terminating the trial (both normal and emergency criteria)? What is to be done with the data collected? Who makes the decision on what the next step in the delegation process is?


Recommendation 3: ICANN should explicitly consider under what circumstances un-delegation of a TLD is the appropriate mitigation for a security or stability issue. In the case where a TLD has an established namespace, ICANN should clearly identify why the risk and harm of the TLD remaining in the root zone is greater than the risk and harm of removing a viable and in-use namespace from the DNS. Finally, ICANN should work in consultation with the community, in particular the root zone management partners, to create additional processes or update existing processes to accommodate the potential need for rapid reversal of the delegation of a TLD.


Given previous experiences, it is likely that in a timeframe of 6 to 18 months the advice could materialize in the form of a Request for Comments (RFC).


With respect to Recommendations 2 and 3, ICANN is working with the community to develop a framework to address name collisions, which includes the specific measures identified in SAC062, in the mitigation strategy for name collision risks.

The development of this framework is a follow-up action called for in the New gTLD Collision Occurrence Management Plan adopted by the NGPC on 7 October 2013. ICANN commissioned JAS Global Advisors LLC (“JAS”) to produce the follow-up study, and to produce recommendations to be implemented by all new gTLD registries.

The JAS study provides a set of recommendations that describe a comprehensive approach to reducing current and future DNS namespace collisions, including the measures recommended by the SSAC in SAC062.

Currently, the recommendations in the JAS study are published for public comment.

After the close of the public comment period, JAS will produce a final version of the study, taking into account public comments. The final JAS report is expected to be presented to the Board for consideration in May 2014. At that time, the Board will consider the fiscal impacts of the recommendations.”

4.  More Studies.

ICANN President and CEO, or his designee, is hereby directed to immediately:

        Secure one or more qualified survey firm to conduct a global consumer survey to gather baseline measurements in the areas of consumer trust and consumer choice.The Board authorizes the contracting for and disbursement of payments of up to [AMOUNT REDACTED FOR NEGOTIATION PURPOSES] to conduct this global survey to establish the baseline and to conduct subsequent follow-up surveys. The survey should ensure coverage in each of the five ICANN Geographic regions, and where relevant ensure a mix of developed and developing countries in each region.

  • Secure one or more qualified economic firm to conduct an economic study to take into account the impact of new gTLDs on competition in the DNS ecosystem, including consideration of relevant pricing data.    The economic study should take into account the wholesale and retail prices (including aftermarket prices) for ccTLD and gTLD domain names now and at a later point; take into account TLD startup and launch phases as well as ongoing operations; and include an analysis of the findings in light of the competitive conditions of the domain name sector. The contract terms should require strict confidentiality and use of data only in aggregate form, as well as other safeguards to protect against misuse of the data collected. The Board authorizes the contracting for and disbursement of payments of up to [AMOUNT REDACTED FOR NEGOTIATION PURPOSES] to conduct this economic study to establish a baseline against which subsequent follow-on surveys will be measured, and to conduct the subsequent follow-on surveys.


Whereas, to support and enhance the multistakeholder model of Internet policymaking and governance, on 14 March 2014 the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announced its intent to transition its stewardship of key Internet technical coordination functions to the global multistakeholder community.

As the first step, NTIA asked ICANN to convene global stakeholders to develop a proposal to transition the current role played by NTIA in the technical coordination of the Internet’s domain name system (DNS).

Whereas, ICANN has now launched global multistakeholder community discussions to begin the work called for in the NTIA announcement, starting with numerous sessions held during ICANN‘s 49th Public Meeting in Singapore. These discussions will be used to develop the mechanism for stewardship transition with respect to the DNS technical coordination functions, and the transition of AOC accountability.

Whereas, with the launch of the global multistakeholder community discussions, the need for and purpose of the Globalization Advisory Groups has been minimized.

Resolved (2014.03.27.27), the Board hereby dissolves the Globalization Advisory Groups addressing AoC, policy structures, legal structure, the root server system, and the IANA multistakeholder accountability, and directs that the work contemplated to be undertaken by these Globalization Advisory Groups be considered as part of the recently initiated global multistakeholder community discussions that will help develop the mechanism for stewardship transition with respect to the DNS technical coordination or IANA functions, and help develop the mechanism for the transition of AOC accountability.

Resolved (2014.03.27.28), the Board hereby dissolves the Globalization Advisory Group addressing Internet governance, as the Board anticipates that the work contemplated to be undertaken by this Globalization Advisory Group will be incorporated into the work being undertaken by the Cross-Community Working Group on Internet Governance.