A bill just proposed in the Hawaii state legislature seeks to require the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism to make application for the new gTLD’s of .hawaii, .hi, and .aloha.
One of the TLD the legislature is requiring the state to apply for .Hi isn’t even available to be applied for under the Guidebook so if they make application for it, they will basically be throwing their $185K away.
Here is the bill in part:
“SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers is expanding the realm of generic top-level domains, such as .corn, .gov, and .org, to include new domains. The application window for new generic top-level domains opened on January 12, 2012, and closes on April 12, 2012.”
“The fee for an application for a domain is $185,000 while the annual expense affiliated with a domain is $165,000.”
“It is imperative for the State of Hawaii to claim the .hawaii, .hi, and .aloha domains to prevent the misappropriation of those domains and potential damage to the State’s reputation.”
“The purpose of this Act is to:
(1) Require the department of business, economic development, and tourism, in cooperation with the State’s chief information officer, to:
(A) Apply to the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers for the domains .hawaii, .hi, and .aloha