Two more new gTLD strings that were scheduled to go to a ICANN Last Resort Auction next week, have been settled privately.
Donuts won rights to operate the .MBA new domain extension, beating out Google and a company known as Your Dot Phd, Inc. Yourdotphd.com
Google won the rights to operate the new gTLD, .PHD beating out Your Dot Phd, Inc.
There are plenty of new gTLD’s in the education vertical including .education, .school, and .university all owned by Donuts and .College which is owned by the same company that owns .XYZ. Of course there is also a legacy extension .edu.
I like .phd better than I do .mba since people who have PHD’s usually add that to the end of their name when they write their name.
So I can see .PHD being used by people who have one, similar to .ESQ for lawyers which Google also owns.
The loser of both of these new strings, Your Dot Phd, Inc. only applied to operate these two new gTLD’s.
Donuts did not apply for .PHD
Joseph Peterson says
Will Google be vetting applications for each and every .PHD domain to ensure every personal name corresponds to a valid doctorate issued by an accredited university?
If not, then I suppose Google will become the largest diploma mill ever.
Jeff Schneider says
We like your vision, you are definitely thinking without your GoogleGlasses on like most of the other misinformed GoogleGlass fans. Google will be dropping more and more New GTLD auctions. This is all part of their Master Plan To Topple DNS Nuetrality. The worlds top watchdog Organizations are on high alert as to whether Googles Usage of the New GTLD will aid and abett Googles Monopolistic strangle hold on the DNSs Nuetrality.
Gratefully, Jeff Schneider (Contact Group) (Metal Tiger)
When will .mba domains be available for purchase? What’s the yearly fee? Thanks