Last year, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that New Yorkers would soon be able to get a piece of New York real estate…on the Internet. On Wednesday, this piece of real estate went on sale: the .nyc web address.
A number of geography-based top-level-domains (TLDs) have been approved by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) in the past year. ICANN is a nonprofit organization that coordinates the assignment of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, manages the Domain Name System, and even introduces new TLDs.
Some of these geography-based TLDs include .tokyo, .london, and .vegas.
However, .nyc is different from these other geography-based TLDs in that anyone who tries to register a .nyc domain must show proof of physical residence in New York City.
New York City has teamed up with dozens of domain registrars, including GoDaddy and Network Solutions. Prices may range anywhere from $25 to $50/year for a domain.
The .nyc TLD was delegated to the DNS root zone (which holds all the names and IP addresses of the Internet’s TLDs) by ICANN on March 20, 2014.
Like all domain names, .nyc addresses go on a first come, first serve basis. So, if you want yours, head over to: http://www.ownit.nyc/.
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