Most of our stories about the new gTLD’s are negative, as we think the releasing of hundreds or thousands of extensions are trouble for the net.
However, there are definitely some of the new proposed extensions for which there is a lot of interest.
For the proposed .nyc extension there appears to be lots of competition, with at least 6 groups going after the extension.
The groups range from a real grass roots group called: connectingnyc.org run by Tom Lowenhaupt, which he says he formed in 2006, to major well know registrars.
Connecting.nyc says they would screen applicants seeking to purchase neighborhood domain names. A portion of all domain sales would go to the city.
Another group competing for the same space is dotNYC which claims it has been trying since 2000 to gain a .nyc for the city.
“DotNYC has the ICANN-required experience, the ICANN-required funding and the ICANN-required technical skills. The other groups making noises about .nyc have none of those, and everyone involved knows that,” said Davidson Goldin, an adviser to dotNYC.
DotNYC is headed by Antony Van Couvering, a New York City resident, who founded NameEngine in 1999 and sold it to VeriSign in 2001. He then founded NetNames USA in 1997. He also claims to have started and managed several top-level country code domains, including .TM (Turkmenistan), .AS (American Samoa), .BT (Bhutan), and .PW (Palau), he also claims that his business partner happens to be one of the founders of ICANN.
DotNYC would make .nyc Web addresses available to any business or individual with a legitimate association with New York City, said Mr. Van Couvering. City government agencies would get their domain names for free. The company would maintain a Manhattan headquarters and take charge of marketing the .nyc domain, as well as developing policies to protect trademarks and ensure .nyc Web addresses were used responsibly. It would give one-third of all domain-sale profits to a city-chosen “Community Partner.”
Mr. Van Couvering said the domain names would be particularly useful for infrastructure, tourism and entertainment.
Aside from Connecting.nyc and dotNYC, other applicants include: neuStar Registry Services (which runs the .biz registry) , Name.Space, VeriSign and INDOM (the French registrar also going after the .paris extension).
For the city’s part, they have not committed to even pursuing .nyc or if so which of the completing groups it will support.
According the the Guidebook of for the new gTLD’s community support is going to be the key to winning a bid.
If one of the groups gets the support of the city, it will be game over.
If the city does not get behind one of the groups then the six groups will be in a race to get support of other community organizations.