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Status: Delegated
Manager: Google
Registry: Charleston Road Registry Inc.
Registry Backend: Google Corporation
Type: Generic
Category: Lifestyle
Priority #: 611 - Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.)
Registrations: 2
Parked Domains: N/A
Parked Domain %: N/A
Important Dates
Delegation: 30 August 2014
General Availability: N/A

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.dad is a GTLD in ICANN's New gTLD Program. The successful applicant is Google (Charleston Road Registry Inc.).[1] .dad was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 30th August, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[2]

Application Details

The following is excerpted from the applicant's response to question #18:

"The proposed gTLD will provide the marketplace with direct association to the term, ʺdad.ʺ The mission of this gTLD, .dad, is to create a premiere online destination where registrants can offer and users can gain access to ideas, products, services and information about fathers and fatherhood. Charleston Road Registry expects these uses may include but are not limited to content about parenting (new.dad, stayathome.dad), community organizations for fathers (locallittleleague.dad, schoolclub.dad) or for products and services geared toward fathers (familyvacations.dad, cookbooksfor.dad). Charleston Road Registry believes that registrants will find value in associating with this gTLD, which could have a vast array of purposes for businesses, organizations or individuals seeking to reach a market of fathers. The proposed gTLD will enhance consumer choice by providing new availability in the second-level domain space, creating new layers of organization on the Internet, and signaling that the kind of content in the domain is geared to or provided by fathers.

Charleston Road Registry believes that given its wide variety of uses, the .dad gTLD will best add value to the gTLD space by remaining totally open and unencumbered by registrant restrictions. There will, therefore, be no restrictions on second-level domain name registrations in the proposed gTLD, .dad.

Charleston Road Registry will make access to Registry Services, including the shared registration system, available to all ICANN-accredited registrars. Domain names within the proposed gTLD will be available to the general public for registration and use.

Charleston Road Registry is committed to implementing strong and integrated intellectual property rights protection mechanisms. Doing so is critical to Google’s goals of model Internet citizenship and fostering Internet development, especially in emerging regions. Accordingly, Charleston Road Registry intends to offer a suite of rights protection measures, which builds upon ICANNʹs required policies while fulfilling our commitment to encouraging innovation, competition and choice on the Internet."[3]

Contract Signed

On 23 January 2014 Google received a Registry Agreement signed by ICANN for .dad after passing all the required processes needed to become a Registry Operator for the string.[4]


.dad was delegated to the Root Zone of the DNS on the 30th August, 2014, completing the successful application for the string.[5]