Domain Name Expansion Speeds Further as New gTLDs Approach the Market
BELLEVUE, Wash. – Nov. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ On the heels of last week’s news that Donuts Inc., a registry for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs), had launched seven new gTLDs, the company said today it will launch the Sunrise phase of seven additional new gTLDs on December 3. In addition, Donuts has executed another 19 agreements with registrars who will distribute Donuts names.
The Internet’s addressing system is significantly widening choices beyond current offerings, such as .COM. Donuts has applied for hundreds of these new extensions—the initial set will be followed by weekly launches of other gTLDs.
According to Donuts, the “Sunrise” period for these seven gTLDs—when trademark rights holders can secure relevant registrations before general availability—will begin December 3 and close January 31, 2014. General availability for this second set is scheduled for February 5, 2014. Donuts’ gTLDs are available for registration by anyone without restriction.
The gTLDs opening for Sunrise on December 3 are: .CAMERA .EQUIPMENT .ESTATE .GALLERY .GRAPHICS .LIGHTING .PHOTOGRAPHY
Additional Registrars Will Distribute Names
Donuts has entered into RRAs with additional registrars that represent a large swath of the world’s domain name registration activity. These signatories include:
- Com Laude
- IP Mirror
Donuts co-founder and Executive Vice President for Sales and Marketing Dan Schindler said, “The momentum is building toward not only the promise of new and relevant gTLDs, but toward a broad base of registrars who will extend the availability of these names to their worldwide customer base.”
"Signing the Registry-Registrar Agreement with Donuts is an important step in our new TLD plans for eNom and Name.com," said Steve Banfield, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Demand Media Registrar Services. “As the largest wholesale registrar working with the largest applicant in the new gTLD program, Donuts and Demand Media can make new domain options available to millions of potential customers. It’s an exciting time for the domain industry, and we’re pleased to be able to join Donuts in making it a success.”