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Status: Delegated
Registry: Punto 2012
Registry Backend: CentralNic
Date Implemented: 27 February 2014
Type: Geographical TLD
Category: Culture

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.bar is a delegated TLD in ICANN's New gTLD Program.[1] This string, applied for by two applicants as a generic application, was deemed a Geographic TLD by ICANN's Geographic Names Panel, referring to a commune in Montenegro. Geo TLDs must have government support in order to pass evaluation and proceed towards delegation.[2] The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 27 February 2014.[3]

Current Applicants

  1. Punto 2012 Sociedad Anonima de Capital Variable, applied for the string as geographical TLD for the city of Barcelona. They have contracted CentralNic as their technical provider.

Previous Applicants

  1. Demand Media (United TLD|United TLD Holdco Ltd.), this one of the 26 gTLDs applied for by the company. [4] The application was withdrawn in July 2013.[5]

Public Comment Objection

Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) filed an objection against the TLD in the public comment forum.[6] The comment forum does not require payment for a comment or objection, thus it did not require the ICDR or the ICC to determine an outcome. The comment was taken into consideration by the Initial Evaluation panels.

Contract Signed

On 12 December 2013 Punto 2012 Sociedad Anonima de Capital Variable received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .bar after passing all the required processes needed to become a Registry Operator for the string.[7]

Delegation and Availability

.bar was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on 27 February, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[3]